Hmm, there have been a few different carved tops over the years. I'm not a fan of them though. If you're looking at a lighter guitar though I'd stay away from the LP though. The SG is what you'd want or maybe Melody Maker. If what you want is a Epi/Gibson style guitar. On the Fender side a Squire Classic Vibe is usually a good buy. Either a Strat or a Tele. There's a lot of good buzz on the Tele Classic Vibe Custom. It's a bit more then $200 new but you might be able to find one used. You'll find a lot of decent electrics in the $500 (new) range.