So, with all the corporate and quality problems Gibson has been having, yet with all the great Gibsons around, I'm wondering: What design and manufacturing choices has Gibson made over the years that have been really good--Leo's strokes of genius good? One reason I ask this is that yesterday I spent about 10 hours with my Epiphone Les Paul. No, not a Gibson, but it seems to me one of those lucky Epi's that couldn't be better if it were. I hadn't played it in a couple of months, and was newly thrilled by how beautifully it plays and sounds. Not only is it much its own thing, but it offers such a great take on stuff I play on Teles, Strats, acoustics, even nylon stringers. So much chewy character there, and the four-knob controls are genuinely useful as you switch between pickups. I can also see why people love 335's. I've much liked the five or so I've played (though I find them physically clumsy). But I've played only a few SG's (two good, several yech), and never a Firebird, etc. So...what did Gibby get just right, and how so?