Merry Christmas everyone! Ok so here is what's up. I am finishing up a client recording project right now, and in January I will get my final paycheque for the project plus tax returns later on. So I will have about $1500 to spend on recording stuff (as long as everything goes as planned ). My two options: 1) Buy a sub and a pair of SDCs. Right now I am mixing on a pair of KRK V4s, so I think a KRK 10s would compliment them nicely. This would leave me enough money to buy a pair of AKG C451s. Right now the only pair of SDCs I have is a couple of Apex 180s. They sound pretty bad, and I never really use them. I always reach for my C414, MXL V69, or AT 2020 instead. I also own an SM57 and an SM57A. I feel like being able to record a high quality stereo image is a pretty essential task that I can't really do right now with what I have. 2) My other option is to buy a Gibson Les Paul studio. A buddy of mine is trying to sell his, and will sell me it for $1400. It's in immaculate shape, but it has some of the factory defects typical to Gibson built guitars these days. I would have to get a bit of work done on it to clean it up, plus locking strap pins, so it would come to about $1600, for a guitar that was worth over $2500 brand new 4 years ago. This is obviously a killer deal, and I feel like this would be a great investment for a studio guitar. Guitar/bass are my main instrument(s), and I just bought a really nice custom built dreadnaught acoustic guitar in the fall, so my current electric guitar- a Godin strat- is really out of balance. If I bought this Les Paul, I could still keep my Godin for gigging and playing on the road, especially since it is matched really nicely with my pedals and amp (Fender Blues Junior). I am totally a strat player at heart. I've been playing exclusively on strats for half of my life, but most of the music I record would be complimented nicely by a Les Paul. Further, I play guitar for pretty much all the recordings I do, whether it's for fun or for hire. I feel like as a guitarist who does a lot of recording and engineering, being able to utilize both a strat and Les Paul would be a big bonus. It's like a painter who is able to paint with oils and acrylics. I would mostly use it for recording through a DI box with amp simulators like POD Farm, GTR 3 and Guitar Rig 5. This is ultimately a debate on what is the best bang for your buck. Some people would say that the microphones, preamps and mixing equipment makes the bigger difference, but I tend towards the opinion that what you put in to the box is what you will get out. A crappy old instrument recorded expertly with top mics and preamps, and mixed well with excellent plugins still won't sound as good as a really nice instrument that was recorded and mixed decently with mediocre gear. Option 1 would probably be the smartest investment, but option 2 is just a killer deal that won't be there later if I don't seize it now, so right now I am leaning towards option 2. What do you guys think?