#1
So, recently I've been considering a getting a Les Paul style guitar, but I'm not sure which one to pick. My main choices are Epiphones & Gibsons (though not too expensive).

Also, should I get standard, traditional, or custom (as in the model). I like metal, but I already own a "metal guitar", so I want something more versatile. I'm going for a sound like Tool or Rise Against. It'd have to be sweet and smooth clean and aggressive when crunched.
#2
Based on your choices, it would depend on your budget. Epiphones are much cheaper than Gibsons. Personal taste in the looks department will determine your choice of specific models. Never mind the pickups coz they can be changed later.

You can get a gibson studio as a compromise.
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#3
I think the LP Classic has GIbson 500T's, which are great for metal but I could be wrong.
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#5
Have you been to a shop and tried any yet?

Choosing the right guitar is a very personal thing, only you can tell which is right for you. We can only tell you which guitar is right for us.

Trying the exact guitar you will purchase is especially important when buying a Gibson.
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Well, I've don't know too much about Agile, I'll look into it. As for trying, I have tried an Epiphone Traditional Pro. Playability seemed pretty good, but I don't if the sound was quite what I was looking for. I know you guys can't tell me what's truly right for me, but I'm just looking for suggestions according to what I've said. Anyway, I'm still in the process of saving up my money, got about $600 so far.
#7
Both Epiphones and Gibsons are a huge crapshoot. You just have to go try them and see what they're like. It all depends on what wood Gibson is pretending is mahogany this week, and how hung over the fretwork guy happens to be that day.
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Well, I've don't know too much about Agile, I'll look into it. As for trying, I have tried an Epiphone Traditional Pro. Playability seemed pretty good, but I don't if the sound was quite what I was looking for. I know you guys can't tell me what's truly right for me, but I'm just looking for suggestions according to what I've said. Anyway, I'm still in the process of saving up my money, got about $600 so far.

In that case, have a look at the Epiphone Prophecy Series and the LTD 400 Series if you're buying new.

As for used, you could buy an LTD EC1000 for $600.
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Just go and spend an afternoon playing guitars. Which ones speak to you. Trust your hands and your ears cause they will know "the one" when they find it. Guitars are a very personal choice IMO.
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#10
You said you tried an Epi Traditional Pro and liked the playability.
If you liked the looks as well, get this.

You can change the pickups later on to fix the sound - if this guitar played/felt good, and looked good to you, that's it. You're done.
Sound is something you can fix later. I'm not a guitar hunt myself and have realised all you NEED is to find a guitar that feels good and looks good - that's it - mess with the sound later.
If that guitar is an Epi Trad Pro, then all the better for your wallet.