What's the best Gibson on a limited budget?

What are the drawbacks to the lower end Les Pauls and SGs? What features affect the sound/intonation/durability of the guitar and which ones are just cosmetic?

I just spent more than my total budget on my new accoustic but would still like to upgrade my electric to something with humbuckers (ideally I would like to own a strat as well -- but I think that would be a very long term solution unless there is a reasonably priced hybrid that will get me both the strat and lp/sg sounds I like.

Anyway, I would love to see some discussion on this. Are the LP studio models decent guitars? What about the "faded" LPs and SGs? Are any of the knockoffs especially good?

PS. The thing has to stay in tune. That is my pet peeve.

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HigherPerspective wrote:
Go for a lespaul

Any particular model you had in mind?

Lets face it, you can get any Gibson (except a Marauder) and get a great guitar, but for resale value go for a standard model in a standard colour.
Whats the budget?

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