it seems I like Strats the MOST, when I've got 9's on them! 9's seem to go so well with the unique tonal characteristics of the Strat, even when I've got un-traditional pickups in the Strat, like HS Filter'trons: I like this guitar, but hadn't really fallen in LOVE with it. Today, I did a complete (truss rod, action, intonation) set-up on it, with a set of 9's and all of a sudden.... ta-da, I think I HAVE fallen in love with it. The 9's bring out a totally different character in it, that I like, than the 10s did. And I've got a nice low and clean playing action on it now - it was too high previously, with the 10's. It seems like certain guitars really come into their own when strung with a certain gauge of string? Or may be I've just stretched the idea? In any event, this one feels right to me now. And it's got my full attention - finally.