I've been doing a little bit of shopping around.. Buddy of mine just recently purchased a relic strat and it looked and felt amazing.. Just such an awesome feel to play something that felt so worn in.. I figured to look up Gibson les pauls to see if they have a line of relics but it appears they don't really do that.. But is it unheard of? I'm pretty sure there have to be some Les Pauls out there that are aged and look worn and play like beasts.. My current dream Gibson is a black Les Paul Custom potentially from the 80s or 70s.. The closest I have to one right now is my Epiphone MKH custom 6 and 7.. I love them but I REALLY want an American made real Gibson.. I've yet to own my first American guitar.. So I'd want something like this as my first American made guitar. Should I also be concerned for certain years in Gibson shopping on Les Paul Customs? I am aware there are certain years that are more coveted than others. Curious as to why as well if anyone cares to explain. It took me YEARS before I officially learned to love Les Pauls and Strats and appreciate them and I've found that Les Pauls are my absolute favorite and that was based off of an Epiphone which shocks me considering the countless Gibsons I've played working at a guitar shop... We had one 1982 custom shop in the store once and it was amazing.. Just weighed like 30 pounds. But it played like butter and sounded like a monster. Anyways.. Looking forward to a little conversation on this.