I just bought a new Les Paul Standard in honey burst. Its an amazing sounding guitar right out of the box. I also have a Epiphone les paul (got it around 1998 or so) and its a really great guitar after a few upgrades. Locking tuners, dmarzzio's, new pots, etc. It does have one fret that will hang a string occasionally.
Im not really a fender guy but I have pondered on picking up an american strat at some point. Anyone else have a statacoustic? Love mine, its my beater and gets more use than any of my other guitars. I added a brass nut and brass pegs...what a huge difference they made to the tone.
Im currently fixing up an old Japanese hummingbird clone.
I have a couple Marshall Amps. One is an 80's solid state. It sounded good until I got my Marshall tube amp and now I cant stand the sound of the SS amp. The DSL40C is a hell of a buy for a tube amp. Check it out if you get a chance to play one.