I have a FCS ‘69 Stratocaster and an American Standard upgraded with Ultra Luxe pickups. They’re both great guitars but different. The FCS is heave relic and as such instantly recognizable as FCS. The attention to detail in the build is nothing short of amazing. I did the final setups on both of them snd made changes to personalize them. One doesn’t play better than the other. They both sound great but different. The most meaningful difference between them is experiential. When I’m playing the Am Std, I’m playing a Strat. What I feel playing a real custom shop guitar is on another level. It’s emotional and visceral at the same time. That, of course, assumes you’ve found a guitar you can bond with at that level, but it’s something beyond my experience with any other of my guitars. @Peegoo says the right FCS guitar is magic. He’s right.