My epiphone les paul was the first guitar i bought 23 years ago, and i still play it todaywhy not buy an epiphone then customise it way you like. My number 1 guitar that i take to studio or gigs is my suhr. I feel you really cant go wrong with a used suhr guitar. I do have les pauls but i only play them at home. Firstly cause they are fragile, million things can go wrong but with suhr ur pretty good to go. I used to use an epiphon.