So I haven't bought a new electric in about 8 years (I've been using the same partscaster tele for that long and absolutely love it). But came across the following guitar: https://www.long-mcquade.com/63899/...Studio_50s_Tribute_Humbucker_-_Satin_Gold.htm I haven't ever owned a gibson (or gibson style guitar) on the only humbucker equipped guitars I've ever owned were 3 Ibanez (JS model, and 2 full hollow artcores) So I know very very little about those styles of guitars, so I was wondering if you could help me with this one! I was looking at getting a 335 style guitar, but I tried the above model in gold an loved playing it. It seemed much more enjoyable to play than any other gibson guitar I've played recently. The reason I'm appealing for help is that the price seems too good to be true. I love the satin finish (my tele neck is tung oil) I love the fat C shape neck (my tele is a chunky soft v) and I love the fact that there are no frills as I admire functionality over aesthetics. I hate bound necks on gibsons (I hate how the binding sits on top of the frets and catches the strings) and I generally don't like thick finish on the neck itself (although I can deal with that). Similar to my D18, I go for quality build and no aesthetic frills. I want to pay for the functionality which I find beauty in, not for fancy appointments etc. My question to you then, is why is this instrument so cheap? This model sells for $1100 CAD new, and the Les Paul standard faded sells for $2400 CAD new. Am I meant to believe that a slight upgrade in pickups, binding on the neck and body, and a hardshell case amounts to $1300 more in cost? Okay, to be fair I'm sure the wood grade is lower (but why do I care if it's an aesthetic choice?) The particular instrument I played resonated very well and was truly enjoyable to play. A follow up to my last question then would be is this a good model for the money, or is it too cheap for a quality build? Also, what are some areas to look for when purchasing a gibson (i.e. what are some telltale or typical things in a particular guitar that I should be aware of). I will almost certainly change the nut immediately, but I know some Les Pauls having tuning problems. Is this something that is able to be fixed on any model with proper work done on it, or do some models simply never stay in tune? What other areas of the guitar should I inspect? Finally, if any other models are to be recommended (always welcome!) keep in mind that I don't really have a budget per se, but also don't have unlimited funds. In other words I would rather spend less than more, but don't want to spend money unnecessarily (I am quite cheap). Also keep in mind that I'm looking for a guitar to compliment my tele, so smooth and fat with humbuckers etc. I play blues, jazz, and earlier rock styles but don't need anything to handle high gain. Finally, I do not care what country the guitar is made in, what name is on the headstock, or (to a lesser extent) what electronics it's equipped with as that can be swapped. I just want a guitar that feels good, intonates and resonates. Thanks in advance!