my band is getting back together. we were together for about 2 years with me, a guitarist, on drums. i'll be back on guitar now. our last band was compared to hum, helmet, acid bath, crowbar, and nuclear rabbit. i'm in the market for a new guitar. i have a peavey predator (my 1st guitar that i keep around for sentimental reasons), an old ibanez s series, and a MiM fender stratocaster, but i'm looking to pick up a les paul in the next couple weeks. our other guitarist is playing an epiphone les paul standard through a crate solid state half stack and it sounds pretty solid. i've decided on a few that i'd like to have: -epiphone les paul standard: can get blem, black for $300 from MF or new for $400 from either MF or zzounds. -epiphone les paul custom: i WANT a white guitar. can get a blem, white with gold hardware for $460 from MF. gold hardware....bleh. -gibson les paul studio: better guitar, obviously. can get white with chrome hardware (most preferred scheme) for $1200. les paul standard is out of my budget. to be perfectly honest, the studio is borderline out of my budget, but if the quality difference is worth it, i'd consider throwing down more cash. need pros and cons, please... i've played the epiphone standard les paul and it feels/sounds pretty sweet. we have several songs recorded with the other guitarist playing this guitar. would the other options be worth the money? i've also briefly looked at the esp viper (not the ltd knock-off viper) and a few jacksons, but have been leaning toward the les paul body style. the esp viper is too SG-ish, which doesn't feel good to me while playing it. ---------- amps.... i want a 2x12 combo amp. my max budget is $500/600 or so. i'm eyeing a few fender amps: FM212R and FM212DSP, and the line 6 spider III 120W or 150W combos. any input on these or others i should consider? i'll also be getting a few packs of strings, a dozen picks, a strap, strap locks, a hard case, and a couple instrument cables, so if anyone has any input on their preferences, i'd like to hear it. thanks!