Alright, so I'm looking at getting a new acoustic-electric after Christmas. So far the budget's looking to be around $200 but I'll probably have more after Christmas is all said and done. Any suggestions? I'm not worried about brand names as long as its a decent enough guitar.

Also, the acoustic I do have, I'm looking to use it for dropped tunings. It's been done before so I don't think it's that crazy an idea. But advice on how to do that without destroying the neck and all that would be cool. How to get it adjusted and what kinda strings would be good for mostly hanging around in drop C# and even the occasional Ab.