Re: Need help picking out a good guitar.
My whole outlook on playing changed in 1989 when I picked up an Ibanez with the original wizard neck. It is so thin and easy to play. It made me a better player because it was easy to hold, easy to play, had awesome sound and so fun it made me want to practice more.
Using the right tool for the job is important. I had Les Pauls, Washburns... but they were all too heavy for where I was playing. It hurt to hold them that long. I've been advertising for Ibanez ever since.
There's a lot of good guitars out there, and you'll need to find one that fits you and your music style. I would recommend that you can find it in the Ibanez lineup.