Okay, so I've been snooping around these forums for about two weeks now, looking at the kind of advice newbies take on buying guitars. Now it's my own turn to ask: I've just started learning to play the guitar and I'm planning to buy an electric guitar to practice on. My budget (for the guitar alone) is Rupees 6k. I want a guitar that will last me at least a couple of years. I've managed to locate a Givson electric guitar at a local shop here which is going for 5200 rupees. From what I could make out, it's a Givson Panther (I compared the image on the Givson website with how I remembered the guitar looked in the shop) although the guy told me it's a "GiVson Les Paul". Go figure... Anyway, I know that the Panther retails for about 5000 bucks, so I know the shop isn't ripping me off. My question is, since I have 6k to spend, would it be better to spend it on a different brand? I've read numerous posts on this forum that say Givsons aren't worth it. Do you folks mean Givson acoustics or electrics as well? Plutos aren't available where I live but I've seen these two on Raj Musicals which are in my price range: rajmusicals.in/product_info.php?products_id=167 rajmusicals.in/product_info.php?products_id=255 Any thoughts on either of these models? Anyone bought stuff from these guys before? I'm a little worried the guitar might get damaged en route... Another problem is that I'm left-handed. Can I restring the guitar on my own? An advantage of going for the Givson is that the shop guy will do it for me. Now please don't tell me I should start off with an acoustic, or that 5000 rupees could get me a really good acoustic guitar or that I should save up some more and go for an Ibanez or Greg Bennett or something... I know all that but I want to start with an electric guitar since that's what I like to listen to. Thank you for your help!