As many of you know, Best Buy locations that have a music department are liquidating their inventory and their prices are very low. However, the selection at this point isnt so great, and I noticed that much of what's left has issues (cracked necks, faulty switches and pots).
I looked around and was tempted by these two:
Epiphone Nighthawk (Sunburst) and a Fender Modern Player strat, both just under $300.
They also had the binded sunburst Squier Classic Vibe telecaster for $260.
I also played the Fender Pawn Shop '51. I was turned off by it because I remember the Squier versions everyone bought for $79, so this seemed too expensive. But the neck is beautiful, and it sounds and plays great. It was marked down to $550 or so.
I also played the Jaguar Blacktop B90. I really liked the way it sounded and played too. I prefer the classic style, but it was a good deal at $330.
I like these choices because I have single coils. Having humbuckers or p90's would be ideal to have on my second guitar.