For me it started out as a an obscure low cost but well-made alternative to LPs. Now folks seem to think they are rare, or special (or in some cases magical) which is hilarious. I am seeing the Standards going for $500 or more and Deluxes for $800 on eBay when just a few years ago they were $200/400 on a good day. What I liked about them was a) unusual; b) great neck; c) great for cranking; d) cheap & plentiful; e) shunned by cork sniffers and LP crowd. In any case, they do have a cult following, and Epi picked up on that and decided to do a reissue. I thought the reissue would bomb and said so on the Gibson forum, but here they are so we shall see. I do not think they will be available for long. Surprisingly, the prototype unit I received is a great guitar. I don't like that they caved to LP fanboys and put V/V/T/T knobs on, I thought the 3-pot arrangement was quirkier and truer to the original, but at least they moved the jack to the side like it should have been on the originals. I've always said they're not for everyone, but neither are Eastwood Airlines and people seem to love them, go figure.