for the past few years I've been buying and selling a lot of mid-grade guitars, between the $300-800 range. I found a few I love (my esp), and some I couldn't stand, like that Fender Custom Tele HH. Point is, over the past few years with all the switching I've done, I could have bought one or two good american guitars. I play a wide variety of music, I'm a jazz and classical student and also play a lot of hard rock and metal. Everything gets mixed together at some point in my playing. Take a look at the poll and see what I'm considering. I'm going to save up over the next year and just go and buy one. Rules: it needs to have a bridge humbucker at least. I learn towards hard tails, I use the trem once in a a while, but I never do any crazy trem wanking, not my thing. I HATE floyd rose bridges but like the wilkinsons and I'm not familiar with the feel of the fender ones.
I should also add that I'm leaning toward a strat. My ESP takes care of all my Les Paul needs. That's one phenomenal guitar. But I wouldn't mind having a nice Gibson
oh, and a reasonable price range for me would be $800-$1,200. I still don't see any reason to ever have to pay more than that for a good instrument. I know there may not even be any PRS models in that range but I wanted to see what people thought anyway, maybe if the extra cost would really be worth it.