I'd spend $2500 on a guitar I guess,
I have two instruments for sale right now that will fetch about that much used.
I had plans on getting a '73 Norlin Era Deluxe.
But my tastes are starting to change now,
thinking of some sort of Tele but undecided if I want to go traditional
or maybe something with a humbucker at the neck..
I'll probably wind up with a LP and a Tele both..
Definitely spend some time with them before you pull the trigger.
Played a bunch of Fanos at Ludlow Guitars in the east village.
I can't see what all the fuss is about.
Very light, but not at all resonant (acoustically dead).
Tons of much more interesting options, especially in the >$2k price range.