#1
I've been all over my county looking at every music store and pawn shop trying to find just the right guitar for my first electric. There's not a really big selection unless I want something that's all dented, scratched and beat up. So far I've found two guitars that I like. An Austin AU792 and a Schector Diamond Series (model number unknown).

I loved the way the Austin looked and sounded, though I'm sure a lot of the sound came from it being plugged into the particular amp they had on display (With the amp it was plugged into I was able to get the sound out of it that I was describing in that "chainsaw" sound thread I posted a couple of days ago). I somewhat liked the Schector but the amp I was able to plug it into sucked so I don't know what it would sound like on a decent amp.

The Austin looks like it's the best deal, as it's in a music store and the guy said he'd work with my budget ($250). The guitar alone was marked more than my budget but the guy said he'd work me a deal so I get an amp and cable with it for $254, or $270 with a tuner I can plug into (all I've got right now is a cheap tuner I can't plug into). I didn't think to write down what kind of amp it was in the package deal but I'm sure it can't be that great if I'm getting it on a deal like this.

The Shector was in a pawn shop marked at $259 but they said they'd come down to $179, and then I'd have to find an amp and cable.

I took pictures of both of them for reference. You can see the amps I was testing on in each of the pictures.

The Austin AU792:
http://i55.tinypic.com/35jjb4z.jpg

The Shector Diamond Series:
http://i52.tinypic.com/ma9cab.jpg

I'm not that interested in the Shector but it interested me more than anything else I've seen around here aside from the Austin. I very much like the Austin but I've got to go back and try it with the amp he was offering in the deal.

What do you guys think of these two guitars?
#2
If your happy with the austin go for it. I don't think ether will wow you. Schecter is a more widely known brand, and even the cheep ones are normaly diecent.
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#3
The Schecter would be a higher quality, I would bet your 250 on it

I think generally Austin guitars are really budget guitars... while schecter is very established.

but from "I'm not that interested in the schecter..." I wouldn't buy it. If you don't like it that much don't drop the money on it. Wait it out until you find one you like...
#4
One thing that turned me off about the Schector was that I was unable to get both pickups to work at the same time, only one or the other.

I'll probably drive the hour to dallas sometime soon and see what I can find up there. This is just what I was able to find in my location that's in my price range. If Austin's are generally budget guitars I may try to stay away from it, but then again I am actually on a budget lol.
#5
For your budget a used Epiphone G-400 vintage would be worth looking for. They are a steal at $299 new, but that means $200 or less used. Another good beginer guitar to look at would be a used Yamaha Pacifica, great guitars from what I've heard. Squire make diecent budget guitars, with your budget a used Classic Vibe would also be an option.
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#6
I think that you just found what I was looking for months ago: Charcaol burst used Shectr gryphon! lucky bastard. get the shceter!

Seriously, get wichever plays better and get the nicest amp you can buy with the leftover money.
#7
Taking the suggestions Robbgnarly posted with me I went looking at the pawn shops I don't usually go to (seedier places imo). I was able to find a couple of squires but they were pretty banged up. I've yet to see a yamaha or epiphone anywhere around town. I found 3 more possibilities, though I haven't heard of the brand name of two of them.

http://i53.tinypic.com/mlgqol.jpg
Ibanez GAX 70

http://i55.tinypic.com/35li1jm.jpg
B.C. Rich Bich NJ Series

http://i52.tinypic.com/2yypoon.jpg
B.C. Rich Warlock Platinum Series

I know Ibanez is a good brand and that particular guitar looks to be in decent condition. I've never heard of B.C. Rich before though, are these decent guitars? Both of them have some scuffing on the bottom like they've been scratched on concrete but otherwise seem to be in good condition.