nice thread jugo!
well i own a washburn X-series, is like the fender stratocaster :3 pickups, one humbucker. I love that one, nice sound, slightly heavy, rough distorsion. it have a sex pistols-like sound.
My next target is a Gibson SG, I love that guitar, the desing, the sound, using heavy strings (10-11) gives you a great blues sound, the bendings.... EVERYTHING
I agree with juice in the ESP fact, I think is better than gibson, but it all depends in the sound that you want. For playing metal I rather an Ibanez, easy to bend, and to tap, and 24 frets guitar is a good choice to play metal!