I'm new to the Strat (couple of months), and after trying out a number of different models, I'm wondering why there are so many variations in new guitars coming straight from Fender. (I understand that many players love to mod their Fenders.) My 2006 standard has what I think is normal: one volume, and two tone control: the first (next to volume) controls the neck pickup, the second controls the middle PU and the bridge PU has no tone control. I tried a 2007 Highway One, which has no tone control on the middle PU, but does on the bridge. A Classic 50s (not sure what year) has tone control on all PUs, as does the new Rustic Ash. Although I assume you can get any combo you want by modding the wiring, I don't see any rhyme or reason for all the variations on standard models out of the factory.