I had an experience here on MLP with another member, @1all's Pub, that really made me rethink my perspective on at least two of my guitars. Here's the backstory: two of the Les Pauls I own have been splitting playing time. Nothing wrong with that. Both happen to have neck repairs that I did myself. I sort of see them both as 'rescues' that I brought back to life. one is a 2004 Standard plus (60's neck) Honeyburst with nice wide tiger stripe flames, random grain, and flecks. Nicely worn with honest playing wear. A guitarist's guitar. I completely customized this one from top to bottom. Made it 'Perfect for me' Grovers, Zhangbuckers, MSSC Holy Grail harness and switch, Graphtech bridge, bigsby. This is (was) IT in my mind. A really solid player that is beautiful. Super responsive, nasty to sweet all in one from those pickups and harness combo. The other is a 2016 Traditional plus (50's neck). STELLAR player. So much so that I sold my R8 in favor of this guitar. Frets and board are pristine, the PLEK setup on frets and the nut is just perfect, it plays like a dream. The body has no nicks or dings. The top is a Light Burst finish with really tight thin perfectly parallel flames on a quarter sawn top. No flecks. The top seems almost computer generated. I put in a Fralin PAF and a 57 classic neck pup that paired really well for sweet, warm tones. I also put grovers on it, some Russian PIO's and a graph tech bridge. The pots on that one were nice as they were. Truth is I love 50's necks. I could really PLAY on the 2016 traditional, but I really LOVED the 2004 Standard. The reality was that I loved the idea of the 2004, and found reasons not to like the 2016 (the top has no soul, it's 'too perfect' looking, the sound is not as versatile as the 2004, I don't like light bursts, blah blah blah)... I'd been keeping an eye out for another 2016 Traditional as if every one of them are all these magical unicorns like the one I already had. And then, one day, @1all's Pub had a 2016 Traditional in Iced Tea (my favorite!!!), and he might want to trade for a Light Burst (his favorite!!!!). Holy smokes!! We traded pics and specs on the guitars. he had made killer mods to his, and the top has some real personality from what I could see over the web. I had to honestly disclose to him the neck repair and that I had reamed the tuner holes for the grovers on mine. It was a day or two before I heard back. In the meantime came this epiphany, here I was trying to swap out a guitar that I was in the process of making my very own for another one that someone else had made their very own. Meanwhile, the guitar I was able to truly play the very best of any Les Paul I have ever touched (I sold my R8 because of this guitar, remember!) is what I was considering shipping off for a sight unseen trade. It was that vision of supposed perfection of the 2004 Standard with a 60's neck that was blinding me. I decided right then and there it was time to kill that idol. I stripped both guitars down to their husks and left the tuners in place. I took everything I loved off of that 60's neck Standard and put it in the Traditional. I have yet to rebuild the Standard. Slim necks just aren't my thing. It'll get re-assembled and moved along out of the collection... The Traditional is still a killer player, now with all of the top notch harness, caps, and Zhangbuckers on it. Set and nasty all in one, and a neck to die for. I'll get over the top, or learn to love it, or I won't. Either way, while I'm playing it, I won't see the top. I'm not saying I won't buy another LP if one suits my fancy in the future, but I am glad I didn't;t trade it, and I also needed to give myself a good kick in the as to move on from this nonsense pedestal I had put a great guitar upon that I couldn't play nearly as well as any 50's necked guitar. I know, pics or it didn't happen. Here's both of them prior to any conversation regarding trading.