I was expecting this your revelation
in any case IMHO the 1.9 Strat is better than both Quack1 and your real Quack2
so from me more kudos to the past 1.9 Line6 work, and not only for the Quacks
I'm often flummoxed by comments like this. The aim of the modelling is to sound like the real thing, not some caricature or derivative of the real thing. Similar comments have been made in the past about the amp modelling, where people have preferred sanitised amp modelling rather than "warts and all" amp modelling where some chariteristics of the modelling (e.g. power capacitor bleed) were acurately included in the modelling, but people wanted those true characteristics removed.
If people prefer to have a Strat model that doesn't actually sound like a Strat, where does that leave those who do want the modelling to accurately reproduce the true sound of the real thing?
I recognise that it's all about preferences and individual tastes, but if the aim is to reproduce the sound of a real Strat and people struggle to differentiate the two, then I belive the modelling has achieved its goal.
BTW, I have an American Deluxe Strat and the Variax does a great job of sounding plenty Stratty to me.