#1
i have around 500 to spend but i could go over for this

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Limited-Edition-G1275-Custom-Electric-Guitar?sku=519395&src=3SOSWXXA

i was first looking at a epiphone les paul in trans blue
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Standard-Electric-Guitar?sku=518341

my friend said PRS guitars around that price range are good too


whick guitar would i get to be happy with
#4
Les Pauls are always a safe bet, especially if you aren't partial to anything.