Long time, Folks... I've got some fantastic Lesters, I've been a lucky man. Outside of my "true original vintage" fiddles which don't see the light of day, I've got a custom '68 5A top; a 3PU minty goodwood '57 Black Beauty; a '57 GTDB RI, and a Yamano R9 Lemonburst. I have the opportunity to pick up a minty 2001/2002 R6 with COA, CaseCandy, etc. - all tags, tools, etc. I've run the SN past Gibson HQ - things line up - it's a solidbody R6. What I'd like to know is, what do you all think these guitars are going to be like in a few years if indeed the CS shuts down or minimizes its output?? Furthermore, anyone have a 2002 model R6 with P90s?? Happy with it?? The other option I have at this time is to buy into some ESP Standard model guitars. This is the Les Paul forum, I won't get into too much about the ESP, but their former "Standard" line, of which I own several as well, are skyrocketing in price AND they're amazing players (ESP recently shuffled their corporate design, the Standards are now "USA Custom" status guitars, the LTD are more or less their lower end, and the E-II are the older Elites, whatever - this is the Les Paul forum - but Standards are tripling in price from where they were just 2-4 years ago) So - do I take the plunge with this pending R6 in minty condition for a decent price?? Is it an investment or are these simply going to depreciate along with the host of Traditionals and Standards that are weight-relieved, chambered, eTuned, etc.?? Thanks for your input - good to be back!! Cheers V.