And it's true that a good guitarist is good on any guitar, and a bad one is bad on any guitar, Jack White can string up a makeshift instrument out of junk and rock it out, and probably 40-60 percent of the people who own Fenders/Gibsons do so only for bragging rights and can hardly play, or they think owning the big-namer is somehow going to improve them as a player. Not hardly Humbuckers have their place for sure, obviously Iommi, BB King, Joe Perry, and thousands of others have been doing quite well for themselves with humbuckers, I'm just on a single-coil kick right now, especially for the lower-gain setups. Plus you can have a lot more fun with upgrading strats because the parts are so easy to find, and I love the fact that the guts of it are attached to the pickguard, which makes messing with wiring a LOT easier. Strats are very "tinkerer friendly" And that's what's interesting on Fender/Gibson's forums respectively. One HAS to be better, not many of them concede that they are both solid brands and it is a matter of taste completely. Both brands have their share of legends in all typed of music.