ahh teles are very nice
a buddy of mine bought a mexican custom tele in summer '02. Paid around 900 for it I believe, shipped to his door. It plays like a dream, but you can't really bash out cannibal corpse on it
it's great though if you're into the non death metal scene.
Another brand I haven't seen mentioned is Yamaha, yeah I know they're entry level guitars for the most part, but they can take an amazing beating. I picked up a Pacifica 5 or 6 years ago with jackson electronics in it, and I haven't had a single problem with it. It plays pretty good for a $250 guitar and it has seen its share of punishment, dropped a few times, falling over etc.