Hey there -- A friend and I were doing a shootout of guitar tones this evening (wearing masks!), and we stumbled upon a bizarre difference that we can't really explain. Wondering if anyone has thoughts on it. Comparing our 2 Stratocasters, his was *dramatically* louder than mine (i.e. his with volume knob at 6 or 7 was about the same as mine at full volume). The perception was that it seemed almost twice as loud, and therefore much livelier. We started looking at all the settings and specs to try to reconcile it but I'm not sure I have an answer. I expected string height to be the culprit, but as you'll see below, that was not the case. Here are the details: His: USA Stratocaster Fender Custom Shop Fat 50s (Bridge: 6.2k) 0.011-0.054 strings Pickup heights ~3/32" Tuning: Half step down Mine: USA Stratocaster Seymour Duncan Vintage Flat - SSL-2 (Bridge: 6.5k) 0.011-0.049 strings Pickup heights ~3/32" Tuning: Standard Based on the resistance, there should not be much difference between them. The only possible explanation could be the higher string gauge and possibly the lowered tuning causing more output. We measured the voltage coming out the cable and it was like 160mV versus 120mV when strumming firmly with a pick. Any thoughts on whether the strings and tuning alone could account for the difference? Or is there something else that I am not considering here? Thanks!