I've been trying to choose my first Fender guitar for a few months -- aiming to get myself something at the end of the year -- and I'm having trouble because stores around me don't have any of the American Original series available, which is where I've zeroed in. So I need some advice from those who'd know. Here's the deal: while I'm sure that ultimately it'd be great to have a Strat and a Tele, right now I don't have space in my apartment for both. I think I lean more toward Teles because they sound a little thicker and brasher. I have Gibson (and Epiphones) guitars right now, and I prefer that thicker base sound. BUT I want more of the highs and clarity that Fender single coils do. I also want something that's going to get me Sixties chimey/poppy tones more than I'm looking for pure twang--again, without sounding thin. I've tried two ash Teles (a '62 reissue, and the Mirror Tele), and while I recognize that they're great, they're not what I'm looking for. And I've tried some American Professional II Strats my local shop just got in, and I liked those, but they don't have the bite and immediate attack that the Teles do. I like that attack. I also tried a custom shop ash Strat, and I didn't like the tones as much. So I think I may not want an ash guitar. So would an American Original 60s Tele get me closer to the general neighborhood of Strat sounds when I want them, while still retaining that attack I like? Or does the attack come from ash? I like the sounds this guy's getting out of his: .