...unless it is vintage or a Historic Makeover. No thanks to artist models... No thanks to Collectors Choice... they just DO NOT COMPARE! I have an unfair advantage. I live in Florida and was passing through Orlando yesterday. Kim was kind enough to meet me at his shop to discuss a few things. Case after case, guitar after guitar that he showed me... OMG! His work is more than just a 'makeover'. Its art. His paintjobs are BEAUTIFUL! I asked him what he thought about the new goldtops... I wasn't expecting his answer... he said "what do you think?" and pulled out a 2013 R7 in for a makeover and showed me a goldtop he did. Doesn't compare. back color is WAY OFF! Top is off... BTW, I had a real '56 in my hands at the time.... its just not right. I know there are many here that have had a makeover before and will attest to it, but the 2013's don't compare. don't even try to convince yourself that they do. Pictures DO NOT do these guitars justice. They look fantastic in pictures... but they still don't look as good as they do in real life. The camera just doesn't capture the vibrance of the colors. I will not buy another Les Paul unless it is Vintage or w/ the intention of having a makeover done. I may even send my Perryburst (the only Gibson I own right now) to him to have it done right. For you guys that run out and buy new guitars once a month (no offense meant), quit spending your money in the wrong direction and re-focus into a HM. You'll be happy with the decision and Kim and may not be chasing after new guitars after that. Thank you Kim for letting me come by and sharing with me your passion.