Decided to ditch the starter pack in a box concept and just get a guitar that "spoke to me"! :-)
Its a Samick Torino TR1 . A much cheaper ( and yet not a crappy version) version of the Gibson SG. I have always loved the look of that guitar and was thrilled to find a decent priced one.
In the end. I spent about $25 more than the starter Laguna in a box. Got the same fun amp and had the sales guy throw in the other stuff that I would have got in the box. I spent tonight just fooling around with the amp and the tone. I really wish I would have done this about 20 years ago, but the moment is now and I aint gonna look back! :-) ( thanks no interest financing for giving me the excuse to get it early!)
I am happy with my choice, and that is all that matters at this point.
Ps- Look on the upper left top. Kinda looks like mine. Dont think I can leap like Pete or dream of playing like him....but still ....very fun to hit some power cords and enjoy the roof rattling power!