Great, thank you. They are in the right sort of price bracketSquire Stratocaster or Yamaha Pacifica also a Strat (relatively cheap to buy but good), you will need an amp but can buy new quite cheap, don't get him an acoustic as they're harder to press down the strings and may struggle to get a decent sound and give up.
I have literally no idea what one is , but what are you looking for for it?If he decides to go down the air guitar route, I still have my original Astrocaster complete with case. The fretboard's shows a few signs of use, but then it has taken a hammering. over the years.
Quick search suggests the Gibson might be waaaaaay out of his price rangeMy first guitar was a Fender Strat it it was a really nice guitar but over about 2yrs i really struggled with it.
I could not play bar chords,slide,notes no matter how hard i practiced neither would it stay in tune for more than 5mins (original style whammy bar.}
I traded it in for a Gibson ES-335 just because i liked the look of it nothing else
All of a sudden i could play,!!!!
Bar chords EASY sliding and bending EASY.
The answer turned out to be really simple the guitar had a nice "action" that's all.And it would stay in tune for days at a time,
I know they say a bad workman blames his tools,But in my case it transformed my playing so much i went on to record and even teach professionally.
there's always epiphone but the decent ones still aren't cheap (got a dot studio along with an EVH and a goth explorer)).Quick search suggests the Gibson might be waaaaaay out of his price range
Thanks John, you are the second person to recommend the Yamaha, bit more than 100 notes now, though still in budgetOne final tip on the subject of action,What is called a low action is much easier to play and saves beginners fretting fingers.
Sore fingers is one reason i would NOT recommend a steel strung acoustic.
Yamaha made a strat "clone" a few years back called the Pacifica I have "breathed" on a few of these,They are excellent value, Were about £100.