After playing about 20 Les Pauls, both Gibson and Epi, I found it to be better than any Gibson under 3 grand. I bought one in Cherryburst. I'm going to buy a Heritage Darkburst one just to have it as well. I'm hoping one day to get a Gibson les Paul, but none of the models they offer has all the features I want(pickguard, Burstbuckers, Flame top, solid mahogany body) at anything near a reasonable price. For the price of a comparable Les Paul, I have a nice collection (imho) including that Epi, A Wildcat, A Gibson Faded Flying V, and an 80 Gibson Sg Standard; all of which gives me a wide range of tones ranging from P-90's to 500t.