I am looking to upgrade from the guitar that I currently have, a Fender Strat Squire, which I bought 3 or 4 years ago. I have played guitars from many of the companies associated with heavy metal and none of them have felt as comfortable as my strat. I am probably not going to go with Fender due to their shitty tremolo. Can anyone recommend a strat like guitar made for playing hard rock and heavy metal, and if all of this seems unreasonable could you point me in the right direction so I can make an educated purchase?
Please keep in mind that I am not working with a huge budget and if I didn't supple enough information just ask for more. This is my first post so keep that in mind.