Well, Thought i'd do a thread on my longest owned Les Paul and most modified. It's been through a lot. I'll do this in stages for definition and incase anyone quotes me. In 1998 I was 16. I had just gotten a job and had money to spend. Not a lot, I was an apprentice Electrician and it would be of been around £1 an hour but still more than the nothing I had up until that point. My only electric at that point was a red Jim Deacon strat copy I bought in '94 with Christmas money and I felt i could do with an upgrade. It was a different time back then. I didn't know anything about guitars other than how to play them. I didn't know models, brands other than fender and probably Gibson. I didn't know terms, I didn't know about pickups or construction and materials. Clueless, an easier time. I popped along to one of the local music stores and just looked with my eyes wide open. I'm pretty sure I probably wanted a black guitar as black is my favourite colour (i think everything looks better black) but I had no idea of what it would be. Well, I clapped eyes on this Epiphone Les Paul and I fell in love It was so different to my strat in soo many ways and I loved everything about it. The floating pearl effect scratch plate, the carved top, the bigger pickups; the neck that wasn't screwed on! Even though the shop was dark you could just see that it wasn't solid black, you could see the grain in the centre but not round the edges. I used to love Fenders sunburst Stratocasters but this was like that, but in an real awesome and classy way set off by the pearl plastics. Pics, unbelievably I don't have any pictures of it from 1998.... but when Les Paul passed, I'm sure you all know about the massive auction of his estate... well here's pics of his one On the way out the shop I clocked this poster I didn't really know who that Joe Perry was but thought he had a pretty good taste in guitars So I played it and loved it. It hung on my wall along with the strat. I found the change in scale length weird but at the time I had no idea about scale length. It needed new strings. I had no idea about strings. When I restrung my strat I bought Ernie Ball power Slinkies. Why? Well that pack was purple and they were 'POWER' Slinkies They were 11's but I didn't really know what that meant in the grand scheme of things. When it came to picking strings for the Les Paul I thought it was more delicate and classy so I felt thinner strings would suit it and I think it was Fender strings had red string at the end of them and I thought that would suit my Les Paul down to the ground, so they were bought in 10's. you can't make this stuff up. Ahh to be naive... As is usual, being a teenager took over. Being out all the time and other things in life happened and I stopped playing guitar and they just sat and collected dust.