Hi all, I'm looking for an entry-level guitar that is primarily suited for metal/heavy rock, but performs just as well across the spectrum. I'm not exactly a beginner--I'm musically trained and I've always dabbled around with the guitar, but I'd like to actually start getting past playing chords and learning songs off the radio with the eventual goal of joining a metal band. I want a guitar with a great metal sound, plays well as a rhythm guitar, but has clear and crisp sounding solos and is easy to move around on. I'm looking for a guitar to just get started on and get practicing on until I'm at the point where I want to be. I'm looking to spend no more than $500 (and I'm totally fine with used, so if you have model recommendations that are above that price new, but I can probably find on E-bay/craigslist used, be sure to list those too). I've been looking at the typical brands--Ibanez, Jackson, Dean, Schecter, but am kind of clueless as to what specific models would work best. Thanks for the suggestions (and bonus points for people that can recommend a practice amp to help achieve the sound that I want!). In case it helps, here are the bands I like and would like to emulate sound-wise: Protest The Hero Fall of Troy Between the Buried and Me Avenged Sevenfold etc.