I've recently bought 3 Fenders. A 72 Tele Deluxe Reissue, a Jimmie Vaughan and now I have a Clapton Strat. All three are great feeling guitars, but I've had a problem with each. The Tele sounded great for heavier beats, but was not a very verstale guitar. Also, some of its parts were disturbingly cheap. The JV had a great neck but was unstoppably bright. The Clapton is a great guitar, costs twice as much as the others and it seems worth it...but I it's just too "active", too responsive. It's very flexible. I hardly use the boost but even so I feel like it's pushing me to play harder than I want. I'd like a little mellow too! I'm tired of musical chairs. Any recommendations for what I might be satisfied with? I want a balanced range, a good bottom end, a wider neck and the ability to go mellow as well as overdriven. Am I asking for too much? I will of course go try some more out, but Strat Lovers, any guidance you could give would be appreciated.