#1
Im going to buy a new guitar, around 400$ im paying half, dad pays the other half

i narrowed down some choices..

Damien 6 FR
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-Damien-FR-Electric-Guitar?sku=513103
Im thinking this one..but then theres these other choices

Epi LP Stnd
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Standard-Electric-Guitar?sku=518341

ESP M-200FM
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-M200FM-Electric-Guitar?sku=516679

Fender Tele Stnd
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Standard-Telecaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=516035

Ibanez RG5EX1
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-?sku=519786

Ibanez RG4EXQM1 quilted
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG4EXQM1-Quilted-Maple-Top-Electric-Guitar?sku=519785

i currently have a strat copy and a SG made from ebay parts and a cube 20x amp
#3
Try and see if you can play them all. If not, then get either the ESP, Schecter or Epi. Personally, I hate most RG Ibanez's because of their thin ass necks and ugly finishes. That quilt one looks nice, but most of them also have shitty pickups too.
Guitars
Agile 3100 CSB
ESP MH400 w/ Trem-Setter
Epi G-310
Applause Acoustic

Amps
1968 Fender Vibrochamp - Great amp, only $100 fixxer-upper
Line 6 Spider II

REMEMBER, ALL TONE IS SUBJECTIVE!
#6
Well, nothing up there will really fit your ska needs except for the tele, but that won't really do metal. If I were you I'd stay clear of the damien. I played one a little while back and the trem was crap. Maybe it was just that guitar though. I wouldn't get the ESP either-agathis. So that leaves you with the LP and the Ibanez's. Two very different guitars styles-try them all out.
#8
Good idea. I'd still try out the RG's though. You basicly have the two extremes of neck thicknesses here-the chunky, wide LP and the rediculously thin Wizard necks.
#9
i would personally go with the rg. I do hate the really cheap ones (gio) , but those seem fine to me (though i haven't actually played one). Also depends, if u have rather small hands there is no question about the rg being better imo...
#10
I would have gone with the Epi LP, great guitars.
My current rig:
Samick Strat
Epiphone Les Paul
Vox DA-5
Samick 80 watts amp (Doesn't sound good though)
Zoom 505
Boss DS-2
:stickpoke
#11
I went to check it out, didnt really like the ibanez's they got, still undecided but leaning towards LP How will i haggle the price and how far down can i go? like 350$ would be nice