Seems everyone was super excited at the idea of Gibson coming out with these new Brazilian Les Pauls. They were even white hot for a moment last year when supply was low, but I'm seeing them pop up used in record numbers. Are these things duds or what? I haven't had the chance to try one yet, so am relying on the objective opinion of you, a perfect stranger on an internet forum. Anyone else think Brazilian was a last ditch effort to raise cash? Furthermore, could anyone who's tried both comment on the differences between the newer Braz board Gibby's and the '03 ones? Beyond the Brazilian ones, it seems like aesthetically Gibson is churning out some nice stuff these days for the most part (with some questionable exceptions), but people seem to not hang onto them for very long. I'm wondering what's up... FWIW my favourite era of CS/Historic is like '98-'07. The early/mid-2000's Yamano stuff in particular was top top notch. The earlier Tom Murphy stuff looked pretty good, but I haven't seen anything good come from him in ages- in fact most of the recent (talking from like '10 onwards roughly) stuff from him has looked horrible. I know these threads never end well, but I'm starting to believe in the whole "good wood years" thing. What do you think? Where's the wood coming from these days? Is it any good or is it 'green' wood? There's definitely an intangible quality to guitars that, even if the guitar checks all the boxes and should be a banger on paper, if it's missing you just won't connect with the instrument.