I had the chance to play several vintage 335s side by side at a local vintage shop. Much to my surprise, I found the Trapeze models to sound much better than the stop tails, which were 3 times the price! So much more resonate and louder acoustically, and it translated into the electric tone and feel as well. Very cool. I can see how for high gain the stop tail would be beneficial as the tone is narrower and more focused. For clean and lower gain playing however, the Trapeze really seemed to have a huge advantage. As usual, make sure you listen with your ears and not go by what is the most popular!