I currently own a Epiphone John Lennon signature acoustic. I am interested in purchasing an electric. I am new player with hands that are thick with muscular fingers. Hence, it is difficult to span 2 empty let alone three frets in chording. I heard that electrics are easier to chord since you don't have to press so hard on the strings and that the necks tend to be much thinner or narrower. First, is this true? Next, what would be the best starter in electric (I already have an amplifier) I am looking at an Epiphone Les Paul classic quilt top and a Epiphone Les Paul Black beauty. I have also looked at Gretsch (hollow body). I intend to spend between $400 and $600 since I know that cheap ones are just a waste. What do you think?