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You're going to do much better researching this on a dedicated gear forum like sevenstring.org. This isn't a shopping website - probably best to do some reading, narrow this down to specific questions, and go to guitar stores to play what you can find. Have you played guitar before? Do you need to tune down? Do you want more than six strings? Do you want a whammy bar? Are you planning on playing in a band very soon, or just practicing and recording until you get comfortable? Is there anyone whose playing or tone you really like? 

That sounds like a good budget for decent entry level gear, anyway. Try as much stuff as possible before you spend your money. 

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I'd say go to a guitar shop and try out as many guitars as they will allow you until you find something you like and you find comfortable to play. You will most likely prefer something along the lines of a modern 7 string (e.g an ibanez if you like thin necks), but don't ignore other guitars. I personally play a lot of traditional metal on a 50s style telecaster through a clone of an early Marshall 18 watt.

I'd also recommend starting a new thread in the introduction sub-forum, that way we can get to know you a bit better.

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Like FA said there's not much we can do for you. Prog can be played on any guitar so it's tough to narrow things down. First guitar and amp bought were an Epiphone Les Paul (guitar) and Peavey Envoy 110 (amp) and I still use both today. You probably want to avoid locking bridges if you'll be changing tuning a lot. Apart from that try whatever you can. I like Dean guitars for their very metal look and in my opinion quality craftsmanship paired with easy playability. The standard pickups they tend to use, however, aren't what I'm looking for anymore.

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