#1
I'm not really familiar with what brand plays what kind of music, or even if they can play anything specific. But I play mostly rock and metal, and a bit of blues. I need something that is very smooth. Very touch sensitive if you catch my drift. I'm probably going to spend up to $700, maybe a bit more if you need some stretching room.
"We barely remember who or what came before this precious moment"

Tool, anyone?
Alter Bridge, maybe?
A bit of John Mayer?
Some beethoven sounds delightful, as well.
#2
I guarantee you that the Breedlove AC25/SM is an amazing guitar, and it has a pricedrop at guitarcenter (it's $600 until the end of august). It's awesome- great tone, playability, etc.
Fender 1989 MIJ Strat (It's from the 80's, so it's gotta be legit!)
Breedlove AC25 SM