Like all things, I find that you instantly connect with the right sort of guitar for you. I'm not bothered with special editions, or signature models, or deluxe custom-shop doodaahs, although I've played plenty of nice examples. I think a nice guitar is any guitar which makes you have a slightly odd, buzzy feeling and a desire to pose in front of a mirror. Of course, it's got to play well and sound great, but very often I've found it's down to the individual instrument and how it feels. If it feels good to play, it will probably sound pretty good as well. You'll know when you find the right one.
I love my Telecaster Custom (not that way, perv). It's got the loveliest neck of any guitar I've ever played, and a really thick sound to it. Look, here's a piccy of me playing it and looking well muso:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater
It's not all things to all men, but I like that it has a chunky humbucker at the neck, and a single-coil on that metal Telecaster bridge. Really nice mix of warm, jazzy tone, and sharp, percussive bite. Can do big heavy doom sounds if paired with the right distortion pedal.
I have a Squier Strat as backup, which was my first electric and I've had since 1990, and it's really good for its age. Considering it's a 'budget' guitar, it still has a nice sound. The neck is a bit fucked though. I think that in the next 5 years, if I carry on playing and gigging guitar as much as I am at the moment I'd like to get a proper Strat. 2nd hand, nothing fancy, just a nice comfortable guitar with a good sound and feel
I've tried Les Pauls and SGs, and I prefer the SG - I played a particularly gorgeous one once, and I'd love to own one. I've also tried 80s hair metal guitars and they are almost without exception crap. Can't bear them.
Maz from Mustard Allegro has a really nice Gretsch, one of the Electromatics. It's a beauty and everything about it is lush, even if it is a 'cheapy' model. Don't care. Lovely guitar. He also bought a Danelectro guitar (by mistake - he was aiming for a Danelectro baritone guitar and clicked on the wrong ebay link) and was initially disappointed. Nevertheless, he brought it to rehearsal and it looked dreadful. It wasn't well made, the scratchplate was almost buckled, the whammy bar was a piece of pliable aluminium screwed onto the bridge with a nut and a washer, and it was so light it could almost have been made from balsa wood. Nice neck though.
Turned out to be an absolute gem. Sounded absolutely fabulous (albeit really only as a surf-style guitar. Anything else, it would be not quite as ideal) and played beautifully, and light enough to chuck around a bit without crippling yer back (the one downside of my Telecaster is that it can be a little weighty on a long gig, but nowhere near as bad as my mate's Les Paul, which is fucking murder). I liked it so much, I used it at the Mustard's recent Cube gig, and it was a joy. A bit limited in sounds, but for what we do, it was almost exactly right.
Oh for fuck's sake.