Looking for opinions. I use to play years ago. Never got good and hawked it for drugs. Like I said it was a long time ago:P 20 Years later Im ready to try again. Since Im not sure if its gonna be a lifestyle or not I dont want to drop more than 200$ atm. Im looking at these. Figured I'd ask the experts. Thx in advance.

Squier '51
Epiphone SG Special
ESP LTD VP50 Viper

Any absolute dont gets in this group? Any shine more than the other? Any you reccomend over these for my budget?
On the real I would skip those and get on eBay and buy a "B' stock Hagstrom F200 instead for about $205 from a guy I got mine from,set neck,mahogany & decent tuners & pick-ups,you really can't beat it IMO The b stocks seem to have a little fade in the color of the neck which has nothing to do with playability.I bought a Gibson care pack and oiled the neck and it's perfect now!
Well I do have to say I heard a couple say good things about the Squier 51'
Welcome to my world,I am back to playing after 20 years myself
Gibson SG Std / Agile 3100 LP / MIJ Ash Strat
Ibanez TSA15>1x12(G12-65)
Orange OR15H>V212(Vet. 30/ET-65)
Last edited by twisty571 at Feb 26, 2008,
I'd go with the Epiphone. My first guitar was an Epiphone Casino. Epiphone has always produced good entry level instruments.

The Squire is cool too, but it's been my experience that Squires need some work to get them playing well. Sometimes they just need to be set up properly, but I'd probably replace every piece of it over a couple of years.

I don't know about the ESP. They have a good reputation, but I'm pretty much a Fender guy.

Buying used is a good suggestion. You might be able to get more bang for your buck, but you'll have to shop around.

Good luck.