Ordered a lefty 5 string from Schecter, and was first told I'd get it in a month, then 3 months, then 6 ... it's now 11 months. The vendor has been very nice, and has sweetened the deal with a few extras. But I clearly need an exit strategy here, and 12 months is a more than reasonable milestone for me to cancel the order. If not Schecter, what else? I'm after an intermediate-level lefty 5 string that's versatile but with a primarily metal/punk orientation. I'm a beginner, but I want a nice instrument that I'll grow into over the years, hence the "intermediate" tag. Let's set a budget of around 800 - 1200 Australian dollars. What would y'all suggest?