Re: I don't believe it
It looks like a neat guitar. I'm no fan of Fender, and your assessment is probably correct about Strats in general. To me it's more likely that you found the exception rather than the rule. The Koa top is just a veneer, so imagine tonally that it's a thick coat of "Koa paint" with 99% of the sound coming the Basswood. Basswood with the Duncan Alnico Pro II pickups will be very smooth and warm for a strat. You won't have to fight the brittle, thin sound typical of strats. I consider the fact that it has Duncans to be a huge upgrade. Even if you don't like them, they're probably worth more on resale than stock Fenders.