It's really a crap shoot. If you have the money, and absolutely have to have a Les Paul, expect to go through about 4 or 5 of them before you find one that doesn't have playability issues and/or glaring finish flaws. At least that's been my experience. For a fraction of the price, you can find plenty of guitars that 100% look and sound the part but won't have these issues. It just won't come with the exclusive mystique of owning "A Gibson".