This is some background (feel free to skip it) Hello. I'm a long time lurker but first time poster on TGP. I am currently playing in a 60ish garage rock band with some friends and our lead singer/rhythm guitarist is a complete animal. His strat looks like it has been through a blender (or maybe a wind-tunnel)-seriously impressive stuff folks, next time we practice I'll be sure to get some pictures so you guys can all ooh and ahh over it. I come from a more country background so i feel kind of awkward just standing a playing while he is thrashing around (my roomate told me i look boring) and i think i would be a bit more animated if I didnt care so much about my guitar. I'm currently playing a Reverend Warhawk 1 that i really love and would like to keep relic-free for the time being. Now onto the question! I'm looking for a cheaper guitar (500 is about all my college student budget can afford) and was wondering which budget guitars you guys liked! I would really like a guitar with either single coil or p90 pups. Guitars I've looked at so far are some squier and mexican fender tele's (i really dig this one http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0301250550), but I've also been looking into more gibson-ish guitars like the JHS Vintage DC's, PRS Ones, Hamer XT's and even a couple melody makers. I've always loved the look of the flatter topped gibson les paul juniors, dc's and melody makers. I've even been considering some danelectro's-the double cuts look incredible and i hear they are good sounding and reliable guitars. What are you guy's thoughts? I'm open to any suggestion!