Telecasters are absurdly versatile. Get a Telecaster. Even if you're a shredder. They're awesome for just about everything. A lot of people write them off as being country guitars only, but they're doing a serious disservice to themselves. The right telecaster can do so much it's crazy. They're also really the only guitar I bother to use the tone control with, as they're so naturally bright that the tone knob easily tame the highs without muddying things up. Telecaster neck pickups are actually better than strat pickups for the coveted "piano/bell-like clean tone" thing a lot of people go for. Strat neck pickups are great, but they're extremely "stratty" and stringy sounding. Telecasters, believe it or not, sound fuller and bigger. And everybody knows the Telecaster bridge pickup is a party all day long. Even at super high gain (if you can tame the noise), that brightness lets them shred like hell. I could go on but I think you get the point.