Hi all, I plan to upgrade my old guitar+amp. I'm going to get some sort of marshall amp, but on to my main question. I really want that gibson les paul sound and I'm deciding between the Gibson Les Paul Studio and the Epiphone Les Paul Standard. The Gibson LP Studio is in the $1300 range, but I might be able to find it a little cheaper (seen it go for $900-1000, and I could always get one used), while the Epiphone Les Paul Standard is $550-600. Is the studio really worth it over the standard? Buying the Epiphone LP Standard would allow me to spend more money on a good Amp and I'm looking to get a Zvex Fuzz Factory to go along with my Digitech RP-350. I'm not sure how much of a quality/tone difference there is between these two guitars though. I might get a more expensive Epiphone if i end up going with that, some kind of Epiphone Les Paul Custom for example. I also read that an expensive Epiphone is always a better choice than one of the lower-end Gibsons. I'm also considering getting the Musician's Friend - Buy musical instruments, music gear, musical equipment online... (Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Silverburst) because I really love the silverburst finish. How does it compare to the others? Also, apparently the only difference between the Gibson Les Paul Studio and the Standard is that the standard has Grade A maple and slightly different looks while the studio has regular maple. If this is true, why not go for the studio? If anyone could add their opinion or anything to help me out, that'd be great. I'm not really sure what to do and just considering all possible choices, but the price of a Gibson LP Studio ($1300) would be as high as i could go. Thanks! Edit: Also curious about the differences between the tone of the Plus-top and the Plain-top of the Epiphone LP Standard. Plain-top is $100 cheaper, and slightly heavier since its 100% mahogany, while the Plus-top is more expensive, but a mix of mahogany and alder with a Flame-top.