I don't know! I need you guys' help in determining why there is such a huge difference. I have 6 "Standards" and 5 "Customs". As many of you know, they don't feel, play, or sound the same at all. Is it the Ebony vs. Rosewood board?!? No. Is it the extra binding? No. Neck size? No. Inlays? No again. Maybe it's all of those things combined. You can play a Standard and a Custom, both with the same sized neck, same pickups, and same setup. They feel like two totally different guitars. I've been messing around with Les Pauls since before I knew how to play a D chord, which must have been '87 or '88, so I know how things differ from one guitar to next, even if it's the same model. That still doesn't explain the difference in "feeling" between the two. My first Les Paul was an '89 Standard in Ebony. I still miss that one... I kept acquiring Standards until I got my first Historics.. I doubt I'll find another two as good as my R8 and R9, so I stopped with the Standards and started looking for something different. Here's where the first '68 reissue Custom comes in. The ugly Tri-burst. She looks like Tammy Faye Baker after a two week meth binge. I played that horrible looking thing for about 5 min. and fell head over heels in love with it. After 20 years, I've suddenly discovered that I'm a "Custom guy". My appetite for these things cannot be satisfied. My Standards haven't seen much play time in these past months, which is why I did my guitar off entry with the R9. I felt sorry for it! Anyway, sorry for the long post, but any related insight and stories would be very cool! I don't think more pics are in order this time.