Well .. after playing heavy gauge strings on Gibsons the last ten year I recently went back to the fender family again. This time I bought a Tele. It's nice to have the sound of my youth back in my hands, been playing knopfler, andy summers and gilmore riff non-stop since. But I find both the Tele .. and in the old days .. the strat to have no output and in many ways not to cut it. The strat of my youth I modded with a humbucker .. but this time around, I've just added a clean boost (nice and neutral) between the guitar and the amp. Works like a charm, no issues to be had. I keep it on all the time btw, just a slight boost. If your strat keeps on annoying you, try it out.