I bought 2 Epiphone Les Paul guitars recently. One is a Pro+ top and the other a black Standard. I know they have gone past the $500 mark new but that is fine with me. The pro+ has push pull knobs to split coils, took some getting used to but I like it. The black standard came with a set of Alnico Classics but I changed them out to 650 and 700 pu's. both got new cts pots and orange drops. that makes all the difference in the world for tone....I will get some pix up soon. BTW the action on both is spot on, low and fast with DR Dragonskins 42-9's.