Hey Deadheads -
Long time reader first time poster. I've been playing guitar on and off for roundabout 4 years now, and, naturally, I've always wanted to play the Dead. Unfortunately, I don't have the massive amount of time it would take to learn how to imitate Jerry's sound... what with school and work, I can't even dedicate more than a few hours a day to guitar! So, I decided that I would try to learn about Bobby and the rhythm guitar of the Dead. I've spent many hours on this site researching, and I've been able to pick up some of the techniques and quirks which have helped me produce a distinctively "Bobby" sound.
I'm looking to buy a new guitar as a Christmas gift for myself. I've been using an old squire strat which I got for my 16th birthday after someone stepped on and broke my acoustic, and I'm looking to upgrade - what would be the "one step up" guitar that would, in your guys' professional opinion, help me create a more "Dead" sound?