Hey everyone, I'm a beginner/intermediate guitarist and I've been looking to buy an Epiphone Les Paul for quite a while now. However, I've been wondering which model would be the best fit for me. I'm actually looking at the Epiphone Les Paul Tributes and thinking that they would be a great fit, I love how they actually use Gibson pickups in the guitar. I've also been browsing eBay and Craigslist for deals but I've noticed that a lot of the Tributes there are labeled "Tribute Plus" and most of the model years from the serial numbers indicate that they were made in 2003. Do these guitars hold up well over time? Would it be better to buy a brand new Tribute from Guitar Center or am I taking a risk from buying a used Tribute/Tribute Plus? I'm located in MN and I've found a couple guitars on Craigslist, one person is selling his 2003 Epiphone Les Paul Tribute for around $600. My dilemma is that I could save money by buying used, but I think I would prefer a brand new guitar (currently selling for $750 at GC). If anyone has any advice on this subject and model of Epiphones please let me know!!