Hi guys, I'm new here and I really need your help... I'm having the hardest time trying to choose a 2000 USD Fender. I already have a "medium-end" Les Paul replica, but I just don't seem to cut through the mix with Gibson style guitars. They sound awesome alone, but with other instruments they sound too moody. I play mostly blues/funk inspired hard rock. Nothing extreme or high gain, however, I'll play with overdrive and some distortion. I've been looking at the Ultra series, but they sound too sterile for me. Maybe I don't know enough about strats, since I've played Gibson style guitars all my life, but that's how I perceive them. I also looked the Original series, more precisely the '60. Which new fender or S guitar would you recommend in that price range? Thank you for your help.