Howdy, everyone. Been playing Gibsons for years, but sadly, nearly every Gibson I've gotten has come with some kind of finish flaw. And let's not even start on the shameful fretwork. I have a 2002 SG standard that's about as flawless as it's gotten for me when it comes to Gibson. What made me want to join this forum, other than the fact that the Les Paul is the Holy Grail of guitars, is that I recently picked up a wonderful Les Paul Standard online. I usually never purchase a guitar online, but it was an AMS exclusive and I couldn't pass up the faded honey burst finish. I'm a huge satin/faded finish fan on all guitars. The guitar is supposedly Plek'd, but the frets are horribly uneven. This is something I'm accustomed to with Gibson, and something I'm also totally sick of. I know the guy who owns our local Gibson shop and he and I have had this discussion several times. Today, we checked out a few Les Pauls and a few Custom Shop Les Pauls. A total of 8. All of them had uneven fretwork. The worst was the Custom Shop model to our surprise. He has a few PRS guitars and all of them were flawless. For laughs, we decided to check out some Korean-made Schecters. Both of the ones we checked were totally fine. This introduction isn't a Gibson-bashing thread by any means. I just wanted to vent and see if anyone had similar experiences. That being said, below is my Les Paul standard 50's in satin honey burst. Has a nice chunky 50's rounded neck and has zero weight relief. Another gripe I have is the stupid circuit board Gibson has adopted. I've gutted it and put in all new wiring, CTS pots, and a switchcraft switch. Put a Seymour Duncan Screamin' Demon in the bridge and a '59 in the neck. I also added GraphTec graphite saddles, Dunlop flush mount strap locks, and Sperzel locking tuners. The Gibson tuners on this particular Les Paul slipped quite a bit. A buddy of mine is currently doing the fretwork for me.