Howdy! I'm a guitar noob with a few questions, and I heard you folks are knowledgeable on the subject.
I love les paul guitars. I have ever since I was a kid. I'm not sure who I saw/heard playing one first, but I've always dug their look and sound. I recently started learning how to play the guitar on one of my friend's fender stratocasters, and I'm having fun with it. Enough that I want to buy a guitar of my own to play.
I've heard that epiphone makes some pretty nice les paul guitars for reasonable prices, but there are so friggin many that I'm not sure which one is right for me. I've played a few different ones at the local guitar shop, but they're horribly overpriced compared to what I see online with guitar center and musician's friend, so I'm not really too keen on buying from said shop. I have read some horror stories about purchasing online, since I guess no two guitars are exactly alike, even if they're the exact same year and model. Would you guys recommend buying through a site like GC or MF?
Also, I've noticed that it feels easier to play a guitar like a strat than it does an LP. Like, even when they say the action is good, it feels like there's less resistance on the strat when I push down on the strings, and when I strum. Is that just a difference between the two that I would need to get used to?
So yeah, TL;DR version: Which LP is good for a beginner? Is it wise to buy guitars from online stores if you don't have a good local shop? And are LPs supposed to feel tougher to play than a strat?
Sorry for being so long-winded in my first post!