may I ask what is the purpose of owning a Strat if you're just going to make it very un-strat like? and to answer your question about the tone knob: literally every professional guitarist you have ever heard uses them. hell if you watch them playing live, you can see them making adjustments even in the middle of songs. to each his own on what you prefer and what switches/knobs you do or don't use. BB King had all of his guitars custom made with a whole extra dial knob that no one else on the planet ever used. don't forget David Gilmour.