Budget 300-400 US dollars, Imconsidering mexican strat sss or hss or ibanez rg350 ibanez art-300 or epiphone g400 vintage
well you have a great rock guitar, a great hard rock guitar, and a great metal guitar shredding IBANEZ RULES

anyways, it all depends on what YOU want, i would go with the mexistrat, mainly cause i dont have any single-coil action
"If you're looking for me,
you better check under the sea,
because that's where you'll find me..."
Get the g-400. I did, then swapped out pickups and its amazing, the stock pups were not bad, but like all stock pups can go muddy.