That is a good point. I did my testing through a Dr. Z Mini Z 1x10 combo. Nothing but a volume control, so the character of the guitar is what it is. It was set up with a low-ish breakup. I always run through some rock and blues riffs and licks. I also like to play full barre chords all over the neck to judge note separation and intonation. I do think the split tones on the 594 suffer a little due to the short scale. Not as snappy on the neck pickup, so less of a Strat simulation. Split bridge is great for twangy country stuff, though.