I have been taking guitar lessons for about 7months and I’d like a new guitar. I have an Ibanez now. I was thinking about getting a Les Paul. I also need some songs that are guitar-leading, that isn’t country. I can already play Gun Powder and Lead by Miranda Lambert, Romanza, I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll by Joan Jett. I would like to learn Everything About You by Ugly Kid Joe. Are there any other good songs to play and what kind of guitar should I get?
There are so many good guitar lead songs, I could not begin to make a list. I will give you one to learn. This one is fun.
As for what guitar to get? You need to do a hands on test to select your guitar. There are different scale length (Les Paul 24 3/4 inch and Ibanez 25 1/2 inch). Decide what you want from your guitar. Set neck, heavy body give better sustain and tone (such as the Les Paul). But a heavy guitar may not be comfortable to play for several hours at a time. Fender and Ibanez make light weight bodies with bolt on necks. Those can be quite comfortable. A tremolo bridge allows you do bend the pitch. But the tremolo bridge is a sustain killer and needs adjustment. What profile neck and fretboard radius feels best in your hands. What pickup configuration gives you the tone you want for your music. Those are factors you must decide. No one else can decide them for you. All anyone else can say is what they prefer. That does not help you at all. You need to do a hands on test to decide which is most comfortable and which sounds best to you.
Do not overlook your amp and speakers. Most newer players search for the best gutiar. They search for the best sounding pickups. They want the best sounding strings. They spend time selecting the best pick. Then they play the great guitar through some cheap amp and expect it to sound great. It won’t. A great gutar played through a lousy amp or lousy speakers will sound lousy. A mediocre guitar played through a good amp and good speakers will sound decent. You only sound as good as your speakers no matter what guitar you have.