I can't even begin to articulate how special this Les Paul is. It has been the "shop guitar" at Victoria Amp Company for the last 15 years and anybody who's ever heard it in person can attest to it's sonic glory. The day has finally come and now she is mine! One of the fine employees of Victoria originally bought this guitar for her daughter to learn to play on - when she bought the guitar it came with some non-descript humbuckers that really didn't sound all that impressive. Thusly Jason Lollar was called and he custom wound this set of "PAF" replica's specifically for this guitar. Again, the tone spewing from this guitar is off the charts! Furthermore the wraparound tail piece and steel studs are perfectly handmade 50's replica's by Steve Rowen from Pigtail Music who, unfortunately, is no longer with us. The Schaller machine heads are factory installed and do a great job of keeping tune. Also the tone caps were replaced with RS Guitarworks Hovland P.I.O. This is the heaviest Les Paul I've owned at 9.45lbs but it's still a very comfortable weight and an absolute pleasure to play for hours! It is the best sounding Les Paul I've ever played as well and it's no wonder Victoria Amp Company used it to final test all of their amps! The fretboard is Brazilian rosewood and the guitar sustains for days on end. I haven't played another "Jeff Beck model" R4 but it seems to me 1997-2001 were the only years actually made to Jeff's actual spec. The only thing that is off, and I just don't want to change the sound AT ALL, is the pickup covers. I think this is the best Les Paul, and certainly one of the most underrated models ever put out by modern day Gibson! Not to mention the color! Just dripping mojo!