I've been a Levi's guy since junior high school (outside of a brief flirtation with Wranglers in 1988). I agree that Levi's are not consistent any more...just like guitars have never been 100% consistent--ever. I still wear Levi's, in spite of their inconsistencies. Therefore, on new blue jean day (usually when there's a good sale at JC Penney's or Kohl's) I will get a stack of Levi's in my size, preferred finish and style number (usually 505's) and spend some time in the dressing room to find the ones that fit my butt to my liking. Kinda like when I'm trying find a good guitar---I have to play a few of them (sometimes more than a few of them!) to find the One that speaks to me. Certain items are going to have variances within spec. Sometimes the extremes of those variances are more noticeable than others. That's why there's good and bad guitars within the same model...and just as my jeans might not fit the next guy who wears the same size, my guitars may not "fit" the next player, either. I don't own any Gibsons right now (although I have a Epiphone '57-reissue Les Paul Junior I'm quickly becoming fond of), but I really want the company to succeed. They've made some great, iconic instruments over the years and the musical instrument landscape would be more drab without them... ...plus, I want somebody to turn the company around to make Henry J. look that much more foolish and inept, if nothing else for the monstrosity he thrust upon us in the form of the Fireturd X.