Hello everyone, I'm a bit of a history freak. I live in the UK, and a friend of mine who was around in the 70s, let me play a couple of his Les Paul deluxes from that era (nice enough wasn't that amazed). Also, I know that many of my 70s UK heroes such as Adrian Smith, Scott Gotham, Townsend, Kelly from Girlschool, and plenty of the punk brigade and others played DeLuxes, or at least started out on DeLexes before modding them or moving to standards. As the UK had a protectionist government in the 70s, could it be that De Luxes were somehow cheaper to import and more popular because of that? Could it also be that the DeLuxes were considered lower quality than standards? Were standards the same price back then? Apologies for the boring topic, but for some reason De Luxes rub me the wrong way, and it could be because I've always considered them to be lesser than the standard or trads (if one piece backs are the ticket, Who would want a pancake body, unless you were broke). Is my prejudice justifiable? My theory is that Gibson could get higher margins out of UK distributors than back home, and conveniently dump unpopular DeLuxes on Gibson hungry brits at the same time. Any 70s dudes care to shed some light?