In the early ‘50s, Fender’s guitars came with single coil pickups only. While the early Blackguard Teles gave the player the ability to combine the neck and bridge pickups together via a “blend” control, the Strat made no provision for combining coils.
And nothing is behind glass. No one is hovering over you. There are no signs warning you not to touch. You are left to enjoy the beauty of the instruments on your own. It was the definition of gear nirvana.
For years we have tried different techniques to solve the volume problem, such as turning amps to the wall, aiming them across stage, putting baffles in front of the speakers, using modeling amps, and of course, the attenuator