Yes, You're right.
Some weeks ago I played a Les Paul in a store. I mostly play while sitting, and the Paula is quite uncomfortable then. But great nonetheless.
I really don't know. But since I also like to play clean chords I now think the Strat would fit better.
You know: I need both
I would like to have a Strat like the one Bryan Adams uses in the video to "Can't stop this thing we started". Not because he uses it, just because it looks great.
Or a Les Paul Standard, painted in honeyburst or black. And it needs a pickguard, otherwise it looks as if something would be missing.... .