i use to feel that way. the trap inlays on lesters start at the third fret and i'm accustomed to that. but, once i got guitars with block inlays at the first fret i warmed up to that config quite a lot.
definitely a 336 fan, here! as you know, it will be a lot like your 359. iirc, you are/were a big 339 booster. i don't have a 339 so i'll be interested in your impressions of 336 vs. 339. regards, eljay
kudos on yer new axe! fwiw, i notice no difference in sustain between my wildwood r9 and my r8s. i've never weighed any of them but the r9 is noticeably lighter than either r8. p.s., guitar inventory in my sig is behind the times!