I've been on the hunt for a Les Paul for a bit now, but budget was an issue unfortunately. I made a beer-induced call to Sweetwater on Friday, but thankfully they were closed. After that impulsive move, I decided to try a few options in my price range before doing anything else. It also had to be a Gibson and have the mahogany/maple combo. Found myself at GC yesterday and tried three guitars: 2015 Studio - G Force and all 2017 Faded T 2017 Tribute T The clear winner was the Tribute T. I'd hoped for the burst version, but they only had one and it was a Gold Top. I also tried a newer Studio to make sure I didn't regret not spending a little more money. We all have a mental idea of what a certain type of guitar should sound like and this thing nails that Les Paul sound for me. Just rips, with a real fat sound that complements my other guitars nicely. I love that the pickups weren't too hot. Action is a tad bit higher than my preference, but I'll remedy that soon. The neck is very smooth and all the fret ends are good. No dead spots or other setup issues I can see. Anyway, the best part? $749 with a nice gig bag! Traded in a cheapo guitar and ended up paying around $550. Here she is!