Greetings, I don't post here very often, even though I am a lover of the Strat, so I apologize in advance I've been having grumblings about the neck and the PUs on my 2009 Strat Deluxe so I have been poking around. Today, I popped into a local shop and they had two somewhat similar, though also quite different Strats. The first one that I tried was a new, 2013 Deluxe with a V shaped neck (in three colour burst). While it still has the N3 PUs, the V shaped neck was incredible, it made the guitar feel completely different from the Deluxe that I have, giving it more sustain and body. I was really quite surprised at how different it sounded and felt from the one that currently have, even though they both have SNC Pus (mine have N2s). The other one I checked out was a 2011 Custom (Shop) Deluxe with a two point tremelo (same as the regular Deluxe), locking tuners, a 9.5 radius, medium jumbo frets, premium ash body and the real kicker was the premium C shaped birds' eye maple neck with birds eye fret board and abolone fret markers. The neck and fret board feels as though it has no finish on it. It is as slick as oil. The PUs are also Custom Shop and were reportedly made by one of the master builders, and are slightly hot. It was difficult to gauge the tone from them with all of the other ambient noise in the shop. I guess what I'm looking for is if there are any players here who have had the chance to play either of these, and also, being that I am use to the noiseless PUs, I am wondering if I would be able to get use to the custom shop single, which are not noiseless?? As it stands, the biggest difference with both of them was the necks, one V, one C, though both were quite substantial over the standard Deluxe neck. Cheers.