I am not a Les Paul kind of person, but when I saw this one on the photos on Thomann webpage, I couldn't stop thinking of it. And then it was gone, and I panicked, and I found the possibly last one on the continent for now and went to Luzern and bought it I'm thinking of it as a project guitar, for 777 CHF (same as USD) it was a steal and with something over 7 pounds it is nice and light. I ordered a can of nitro from Rothko and Frost, cream backplates (the stock ones are some strange hard tolex-like surface black plastic ones), poker chip, a Faber bridge and studs, and since I was told that Virtuoso polish is something better than normal #2 scratch remover, I ordered that too. In addition I wanted a cream suede strap so I ordered a "sand" one by Levy's but it turned to be about as dark as the one pictured I plan to sand a faux binding and cover it with nitro- probably with a paint-brush since spraying it would be really wasteful. The one problem: the neck is more rough than the rest of the guitar. I cannot figure out whether they forgot to sand it after it was machined or whether it is on purpose to achieve a "satin" feel. A macro shot looks like this- the large dark stains are grain, the small regular dots are the tooling marks: I sent the image to gibson customer service and they said that's what grain looks like. I don't think so. I'm thinking about trying to sand it out and re-coating with a thin layer of lacquer if I go through the coat in the process accidentally. Edit: Looking at my other mahogany neck Gibsons, it indeed looks standard and the roughness to the neck must have been done on purpose and went away with wet-sanding and polishing.