Which is more comfortable to play standing / sitting? I have a strat and like it, but I wouldn't mind something a little different for my next one. Any general opinions of the relative pluses and minuses of these 2 shapes?
I own both, and I have to say that the Strat shape is the end all for comfort in any position. The VIP isn't an uncomfortable shape, but the lack of a forearm contour is a bit annoying after you've gotten used to playing a Strat. You have to position your picking hand a different way to keep the edge from digging into your arm.
I know this post is almost two months old, but I just stumbled across it. Yea, the strat is (IMHO) the most comfortable guitar on the planet. I've got two. However, the VIP w/ Humbuckers is another animal and is not gonna sound like a strat. I like how modern the VIP looks. Strats and Les Pauls are awesome, but do look dated. A VIP w/ the Gotoh 510 bridge is sweet. Add one to the list of guitars you're gonna buy. Have Fun!