I'm pretty much a Gibson guy. But I'd go for a good tele. I have never separated gibson/epiphone as brands so; much as product lines, or fender/squire. I started out with an epi. Still have it. I guess that is in part why I like Gibsons. My guitar heroes always played either strats, or les Paul's. I really just go by how it feels first, then sound. There are so many I like. Hope to have at least one Gretch; one day. Friend of mine has a Taylor electric. Funny thing. Nice axe though. Kind of a lp jr, with strat style pickups. Nice neck.