My brother's fledgling band finally going to have their own very first commercial gig(s) next month. I decided that it's time for me to commemorate this occasion with a suitable gift. A low paying gig on small countryside mall is not that much of an achievement for many of us; but considering my brother and two of his other band members are autistic I think this is an important and valuable milestone for them! The lead guitarist of his band quit midway through this and my brother is relegated to take on the role. Anyway we both just realized that despite not a stranger to acoustic guitars, we knew very little (read: nothing) about electric ones. So I decide to search for a good beginner electric guitar that he can use to practice and also one that lasts for a bit while before the G.A.S kicks in. He definitely doesn't like the Les Paul models or those with similar build. He find it too heavy, uncomfortable to play with. Strat and Tele models are fine; probably drifting towards the strat slightly since he seems to prefer the tone of those 3 single coils setup. Currently browsing through the local marketplace for a good secondhand Fender strats/teles and Squier Classic Vibe's. Probably there are better suggestions aside from those? For the amp I think a secondhand Roland Cube should suffice; and those pedals can wait- I guess. Oh! The budget is about USD 500 maximum for the guitar. The band primarily plays pop and rock songs, while personally my brother also practice a good amount of jazz at home-- on piano and keyboard though, not on guitar.