I get tired of people comparing their Historics ,Max ,Guitar clinnic ,Derrig or any other Replica to the originals. Despite what the BS'ers that float around here say ,99.9 % of us have never even seen a real burst in person let alone played one. I don't believe for one ,a human can fit a neck to the tolerances of a CNC machine ,but yet it is claimed a real burst can sustain about the same amount of time it takes a nuclear fuel cell to reach its half life.(IE:1000 years). That suggests a human can do it better than a CNC( Rubbish I say).I believe the new guitars are better in many ways .The wood the originals were made with is not readily available but the Historics are made with the best wood available today and have superior building techniques compared to an original. Are they different .Yes a little .But I believe better !!! The 50's electronics can be easily replicated and are. With the correct electronics and a historic with good wood ( the best woods are being used for the 59's and some artist models) I belive you have a superior guitar .Again like most of us I have never played a 50's burst and probably never will so its just my opinion.But its like trying to tell me that a Ford model T is going to out perform my Mustang (nonsense). Manufacturing techniques have been perfected and that coupled with the watchful eye of the cutom shop, great guitars are produced ,probably superior to the originals. My 59 historic is very light and the body resonates like crazy.It is super loud acoustically when not plugged in compared to any other guitar I own or have played. When l lye on the bed with the guitar on my chest and strum I can feel the body resonating forcefully.All this talk about superior craftsmanship ,better pickups etc. is also nonsense. Gibsons original winders had + or - tolerance of 15 % .so some of the pickups were shit and some were good.The craftsman of today are every bit as good as those in the 50's. Gibsons Were not even popular in the 50's and early 60's thats why there are so few originals. They sold for cheap.and it wasn't until Clapton ,Page,Green Etc .started using them that everyone had to have one. Until I can line up 10 original bursts , 10 historics and 10 off the shelf les pauls and run them through the same amp .And have 100 of the best musicians on the planet test them and pick out the ones they believe are superior (without knowing which is which) and they can consistently choose the originals , or blind fold them and get them again to pick out the originals consitently (I would bet a lot of money that they couldn't) I will continue to call BULL SHIT.I would even veture to say they would probably pick historics or off the shelf les Pauls more than they would the originals based on tone alone (what is tone anyway ?)A good guitar is a GOOD GUITAR !!!!END OF STORY. OK thats my rant .