No there's lots of great guitarists out there throwing down on a Les Paul,..but no one gives a f**k unless they're old and had their heyday in the 70's or 80's. Because people don't give a sh*t about guitar or guitarists or music like they once did. Most people probably won't know any of these guys, but they're great players in great bands that have great songs. Popular bands too, 'Big' bands. (Matt Heafy does have a signature Epi,...and the other guitarist for Mastodon has a signature Epi 'V'. So Gibson knows about them but regulates them to Epiphone...even though they play Gibson. Coincidence? No,..Gibson doesn't like Metal players. Even though a ton of Metal guitarists use Gibsons,....Gibson ignores them.) You know why people don't know them? Because they don't act like clowns, don't care about being a celebrity, and just make good music. Seriously, the era of the "The Guitar Hero" is over,...no one gives a sh*t how good you are or how good your songs are. It's all just disposable background sounds while they play their Angry Birds and Candy Crush and take selfies at concerts....if they even go to a concert. I said Hetfield because Metallica is one of the biggest bands of all time, and because he plays a Les Paul sometimes. But there are plenty of people out there playing Les Pauls. But Slash is sort of a clown/cartoon character. Kids know him more because of the Guitar Hero video game than because of the AFD album. He was a Boss (battle) in a video game. Gibson guitars are pretty popular with Metal guitarists but that's a demographic Gibson has consistently and constantly ignored. There's no way that's an accident,..Gibson doesn't want to be known as a guitar for Metal. Even though Les Pauls and particularly The Black Custom is a very popular guitar for Metal Guitarists. Hell I want a Black Custom myself just because so many of my Metal Heros play or played one. There's obviously something great about that particular model for Metal because tons of people use them.