be it grason ,givson or hobmer all of them are pretty much worthless ....if you are a beginner and as i can see you have a good budget you should go for fender or ibanez or maybe walden or ashton....ashton is a new company with good tone and finish...try them out at your local dealer....and dont go by the price...play it feel it and buy it only if you are satisfied by the tone!
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Fender American deluxe stratocaster
Fender Mustang 2
couple of boss pedals
Fender squier california series vintage (MIA)