So, my brother is a stressed-out 30-something dad with the loudest kids ever devised. He's stuck in the same dad rut as many of us have been with |:workhomekidssleepworkhomekidssleep:| I'm desperately afraid that he's turning into the dull NASCAR dad whose hopes and dreams have been abandoned in the service of grinding, unappreciated work for the corporate overlords to extract a pittance of a paycheck that hasn't been raised substantially in 10 years. This is bad for him and it ain't great for the family either. He's not usually the kind to lose it, but I've been in that place myself, and it's not out of the realm of possibility. I want to help, if only a little. I gave his kiddo a uke and a couple chord shapes the other day, because music is awesome. She sent me a video of "You are my sunshine" yesterday. The cuteness is strong with that one. Dad was looking proudly on in the background. Ah hah! A glimmer of hope! With Xmas coming soon, I figured I'd find an instrument to get him into something that isn't associated with the daily grind. He used to play a tenor sax in high school, but that's much harder to manage as an adult without a group playing environment for support. Also tenor saxes are fairly expensive, even used, and even the student models. He doesn't have the temperament for bass, unfortunately. But, what instrument better embodies the frustrations of the working class that the good old guitar? And better yet, which (non-bass) instrument better encapsulates the classic rock (his preferred genre) gawds than the electric? Wandered into a pawn shop and picked up a working Fender practice amp (with a not-at-all-bad dirty tone, if a little quiet) for $10, but I was wary of the guitars both because of the prices that I found to be higher than I thought was reasonable, and because I didn't quite know what to get the guy. I'm very budget limited. What should I be thinking to get him started? Jangly Strat? Classic Tele? Roaring LP? Modern Ibby? Headbanger ESP? Any suggestions to get my brother on the road to dadrock stardom?