Re: Ozark army and navy advice.
I would look at a Kentucky if your budget really won't stretch.
I tried an Ozark army/navy from a certain Yorkshire store a couple of years back. The set-up (if one had ever been done) was appalling, and the instrument in general was rather nasty. The one I made from a StewMac kit was much better.
I've tried one Epiphone in a guitar shop in St Albans some time ago. I don't know which model, but it wasn't up to much (I've been happy with their guitars though). It was blue with an in-yer-face Epi logo on the finger rest/pickguard. Sounded quiet and dull.
YMMV, and obviously the choice at that pricepoint is very limited.
Blue Chip picks, Tone-Gard