u cannot comapre a strat to a les paul its like comapring jhon lennon to steve vai, both were and one still is brilliant guitarist(s)but they are not in the same class, now back to the strat(which i presume u mean by saying fender because it is there biggest selling guitar) and less paul its all a matter of prefrence if you play blues, pink floydy stuff jimmi hendrix u want that lovely twang if you play long smooth soloes fast moving licks or most vintage rock(ac dc) so its all a mater of prefernce if you like all types like me get a good job. note: if you play heavy metal i would not invest in these guitars go for somthing more heavy but not a f*****G bc rich they suck ass they look like a childs drawing) so keep rockin or bluesing or twangin in anycase