I've liked all the Jackson Soloists I've played, which are a bit out of your range. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable playing it because you can always swap pick ups, and use your amp to get it relatively the way you want to sound. Ibanez Wizard necks are a bit too thin, where as PRS necks are too bulky for my tastes, and the Jackson thin flat necks are right in the perfect middle ground. My personal favorite guitars are ESP's, which I've been perfectly happy with for years. My experience with LTD's on the other hand have been mostly crap. Maybe you might want to look into Edwards because they're supposedly between ESP, and LTD quality, and they're an affordable price, and I know some quality players who swear by them. http://www.katanaguitars.com/main/top.html http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=edwards+guitars&category0= My specs I always look for are neck thru thin flat necks, ebony board, string thru body, with alder wood. I'm having a guitar made now with a Seymour Duncan Distortion in the bridge, and a Dimarzio Air Norton because I like the clean tones they get. Oh, yeah it's going to be a 7 string too. Thing is going to be a beast.