I had a 99 MIK Epi LP Standard that was fantastic. I had to pay 1800 for a Gibson LP (and play through about a dozen Gibsons in order to gain a SLIGHT improvement. Since then, every 200X Epi I've played has felt problematic. I want the fretboard to disappear under my hands, and I never felt that again. I was in the market for a Dot, but couldn't find one I liked. I ended up getting an Ibanez hollowbody. Fast forward to about a year ago. I was shopping for amps and pulled an Epi LP down because I didn't want to mess with a Gibson off the wall. I was really quite impressed. Nice fit and finish, great fretwork and intonation, tuners were stable (which was always a deal breaker on most Epis), and the guitars felt right. Couple of weeks ago I sat down in GC and played a couple of Wildkats and a 339. The Kats felt amazing, and the 339 tone was great (neck was sticky, but that just needed play time to resolve). Long story short, it's now two weeks later and I own a used 339 based on the strength of the one I played in store.