I am curious what this crowd would choose over more traditional options. Ok, your budget is limited to $1500. I thought of limiting down to a thousand, but I think many would have problems sticking to it :laugh2: . So, with this budget you need to get the major components: guitar, amp, effects if desired. Peripherals such as string, setup, cables, etc. don´t count within the budget. Also, I think it is necessary to define whether it´s a rig for playing at home or gigging--or both! I wish to see what other people post, and then probably I´ll post my home rig. You can get used stuff as well. Would you buy a brand new Epiphone LP? Great! Would you rather scavenge for a used Trad? Cool! A great sounding tube amp? Go right ahead! Would you rather employ a modeling amp? Your choice!