This is my first official post on this forum so here it goes.
I've been playing an acoustic for 2 weeks and it's pretty basic yet boring. The only reason why I'm playing an acoustic is because I was told that it would help develop finger strength and calluses and would get me started on learning the basics of a guitar. I gave myself a goal of 6 months to play this acoustic then advance towards an electric but the more I think about it I just want the damn electric right now since that's what I REALLY want to play. Gives me more motivation and desire to play and pursue my goals
So in my search of the perfect axe I've recently tested a charvel desolation guitar with SD blackouts and an LTD with EMG pups. I'm looking into brands such as ESP, Ibanez, Schecter and now this Charvel. I don't know how reputable Charvel is in the hard rock/metal scene but from the impressions I liked the finish especially on the neck where it's just sanded down wood instead of a oily paint coat. The customer service rep ran both guitars through a Fender Mustang III 100w amp and it sounded nice especially with the presets he was playing with. I don't know if this amp is worth the time and money to explore in the metal genre.
I ain't in any rush to buy an electric so that gives me all the time I need to make an informed and expensive decision. I'm setting my budget near a solid $1000 with guitar and amp but can go a little higher or lower if the axe or amp gives me the best bang for my buck.
Reminder: I'm on an island so guitar selection seems limited as I've seen so far.
I've never understood the whole, "Start on acoustic first" mentality. If anything, the difficulty (and pain!) of playing a steel string acoustic probably discourages more people from playing. Having a guitar you WANT to play goes a lot further when you're just starting out, because you can bond with the instrument more, thus play more, and progress faster.
If you can, try and find something you like used. If it's bang-for-the-buck you're after, buying new will put you at a disadvantage with your budget. $1000 is a healthy amount to start with, and you can get a VERY good used Japanese Ibanez and a decent amp for that.