I had to contribute to this thread ... you are sorely missing out if you dismiss the Telecaster based on twang. I have owned several guitars ... Strats, Teles, Jazzmasters, a Les Paul Jr. ... the Telecaster bites. Granted, I replaced the stock pickups with a hotter set, but go play one if you can. Get a tube amp cooking or run an overdrive pedal and work the tone knob on the bridge pickup. I guarantee bite.
I agree on the Hotcake with your amp -- and choice of music. Been through several ODs in the past year or so including Boss, Barber, Fulltone. You can find the Hotcake at www.pedalgeek.com. Buy it when you can find it. They are usually out of stock.