I didn't have a humbucker-equipped guitar. So that was clearly a problem. And I've always liked Les Paul gold tops but didn't have one. So that was clearly a problem. I decided to solve these pressing problems by buying a new (used) 2015 Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro. This is the first iteration of the Epiphone Les Paul traditional Pro, with the '58-ish neck profile. I got it used for a few reasons: First, I could get it with a darker rosewood board, which I much prefer to the lighter board often featured on more recent models. Secondly, this one came with a hard case. Third, I knew this was the neck profile I wanted, and I wasn't sure if some of the Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pros that are readily available new would have this same '58-ish profile. This is the third guitar I've bought off of Guitar Center's used site, and I've always had good luck. I was able to play one of the newer ones in my local GC as I was still waiting for this one to be shipped there, and I was very impressed with the tonality. In fact, I think that the Epiphone Alnico Pro humbucker and the Epiphone Probucker that come standard in these Les Paul Traditional Pros are great sounding pickups. They're pretty darn clear, with a round sound and a sweet top end. I don't love the aesthetics of the uncovered zebra humbuckers, but they do sound good. I knew when I ordered this guitar that I'd likely re-do all the electronics, though. And I did. I pulled out the jack, switch, and pots, and I put in a Switchcraft jack and switch, along with four 500k CTS pots. I wired it up 50's-style. Some new gold top hat knobs to fit the fine spline on the pot shafts and a new cream switch tip, along with a T-handle reamer to enlarge the holes for the potentiometers. And then I got a used set of Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers. It sounds tremendously good and plays at least as well as the new-production, high-end Gibsons I've played in store. I'm really pleased with how this turned out. The nut and frets and even the cheap ABR-1 and tailpiece are all set up so well that I don't need to do anything else to it. It sounds especially good through my '76 Deluxe Reverb and the 5f4 Tweed Super clone I built. And I finally like humbuckers -- since I now know that they don't all have to sound like mud.