For those that seem to be bumming that they can't afford a Historic Gibson, I had an R7 Historic Goldtop, one of the rares ones from the run that had the Brazilian rosewood fret boards that folks go gaga over now. The guitar itself was 1000% absolutely flawless in all respects, but the more I played it the less I liked it's sound as time passed. The 57 Classic pickups which usually sound reasonably good just did not work well with the guitar, and I ended up feeling the same way about my brother's too. I finally decided it was time to let it go as the market was way up on them used, I sold it for quite a bit more than I paid for it new. I originally got a killer price from Dave's in Wisconsin as I had bought 2 of them at the same time so Dave cut me a sweet deal. One was for me and one for my brother (who gave me the cash for his). I played several and picked these 2 as the best of the best. A few months later my brother had me sell his too as he ended up feeling the same way as time wore on, the longer he played it the less he liked it's sound, especially the bridge position. Now we could've just done pickup swaps and most likely would've ended up loving the sound, but we considered the fact that the guitars were going for significantly more used than we paid new we both decided it was smart to bail and start over. We both made the right decision and made money on them. Fast forward, I bought a 2013 Les Paul Deluxe II Studio and it is just as flawless as the R7 was and it sounds amazing, it's a keeper for vastly less money than the R7. And my brother, well for less money than the R7 he got one of those Traditional Les Paul plain tops non weight relieved and he loves it. It is flawless too and sounds vastly better than the R7's we both had. So sometimes less IS more.