I think you should be fine with 1st choice of guitar. Hell there are a lot worse. If you have got bigger fingers then a Les Paul fretboard will probably suit as they are generally slightly wider. The Yamaha Pacifica is a nice guitar and has a very slender neck which is probably why it's so popular with younger beginners.
Thanks chegz - I will see what it is like when I get it. As long as it is fairly forgiving to my fat fingers on the fretboard and stays in tune I won't be too disappointed. :) I am a long way from being a discerning muso but (if) when I get to that point I am sure I will join the chorus of disapproval :) For now, I just hope that it gets me onto my musical path :)
http://www.harmonycentral.com/reviews/product/epiphone-les-paul-special-ii-electric-guitar Bit of a mixed bag on reviews
The Pacifica is the one to go for. You can pick them up second hand on gumtree for peanuts. I'm raging I sold mine. Played better than the Gibson I replaced it with :(
Check out how many this guy has... http://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/backstage-pass/joe-bonamassa-the-collection/