Epiphone

OK, so I think I’m finally going to meet my impeding mid-life crisis head-on and buy myself an electric guitar. I’ve played an acoustic for about twenty years, and I’m an OK player. The thing is I don’t have wads of cash to blow, so I’m looking for a $300-$400 CDN guitar.

So I’m thinking Epiphone. They seem to crank out lots of cheap-skate copies of cool styles - they make a black Explorer, and a Dot, and a Casino, and a Flying-V - but I was playing them at a local music store and they feel pretty nice to me.

Any thoughts out there from the guitaristas? Is there something better in my range I should be looking at?