Hey guys, I've been trying to teach myself guitar on and off for a long time, but lately, I've started enjoying it more and taking it more seriously. I'm in my 30s now and I've never had lessons or anything, but I'm going to start taking them soon, and I want to buy myself a reasonable mid-range guitar, which plays nicely, to continue learning on. I was also considering a 7 string but I might hold off on that for a while. I currently have a cheap Epiphone SG I bought a few years ago as I thought it looked nice, and I was really into learning Black Sabbath songs at the time, but I'm not the biggest fan of it after having tried a few other guitars since purchasing it. I've played an Ibanez SA, which I prefer, as the neck is a bit more accessible, the first few frets feel a lot further away on the SG, and it's a bit slimmer and feels more comfortable overall. TBH I rarely play through my amp, mostly just play unplugged to keep the noise down while practising, and I only have a small practice amp anyway, so I am mostly looking for a guitar that feels good to play, and I know pickups and stuff can be changed down the track once I know what kind of tone I'm looking for etc. I don't really want to spend more than about $500-750 so I'm considering trying to find something used and of high quality. For that price range new, I'm not sure what the quality would be like. I have found a late 80s (88-89) Fender Strat (MIJ) for sale which has caught my eye, completely original/standard I think, black with a maple neck. From what I've read online after some quick googling, the Japanese made guitars are of great quality, but being about 30 years old now, and my being an inexperienced used guitar buyer, I'm not sure what to look out for with something like this, any red flags here? Although I'm mostly into metal, I don't think I could go wrong with something so versatile, plus some guitarists I really respect like Isaiah Mitchell use strats and get an amazing sound out of them As I'm pretty much a gear noob and I'm not on any music forums or anything, I thought I'd ask here and see what the OCAU guitarists think would be a nice mid-price-range, versatile, guitar to learn on, new or used, just after a quality instrument so I can only blame the player if it doesn't sound right Cheers!