Actually, never started. I had a nice Kramer but life circumstances forced me to put aside my plans to play until now. No longer have the kramer (it was huge, heavy and long long necked) In any case, I'm in a much better position financially and mentally and went looking today. I really like the Ibanez SR500, mainly for it's thin neck, seems to be easy to reach everything and slide my palm up and down. Am willing to spend up to 900$ for something. What might I look at as a comparison to the Ibanez? Ultimately I will be playing metal, but for the time being, I simply want to learn how to play, I'll deal with the style later as I get the basics down.