I never appreciated the contoured back on my Stratocasters until I got home from the hospital after a gut cut surgery and couldn't stand the edges on my telecasters and acoustics against my belly. When I first sat down with an acoustic I found I couldn't play it without a pillow against my gut so I borrowed an ovation and found it was better. Later I was able to stand and play but found I had to wear the tele up high against my ribs or I couldn't take it long, but the strats were fine. My surgery was supposed to be a simple laparoscopic gall bladder removal but I had way too much scar tissue from previous intrusions on my insides and it turned into a mess quickly and now I am laid up for 6 weeks (10 days to go). This makes somewhere between 36 and 42 inches of scars on my gut depending on if you count reopened scars twice or not. It only hurts when I play my guitars or laugh or when someone laughs at my guitar playing. I never appreciated the tummy cut on the strats and deluxe telecasters until now, after this I might start looking at guitars and their ergonomics differently. Do you appreciate the cut and miss it on the standard teles and other square edge guitars?