I used to own an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top for five years of which I recently sold. It was a decent guitar but you know... Next month I am going to buy a Gibson Les Paul, the guitar I have always dreamed of. I saved money, waited long and dreamed a lot for this guitar. I love the warm and creamy and strong sound of Les Paul. However, I am a bit unsure which Gibson Les Paul to purchase. (I'm going to buy this guitar from Thomann, Germany.) I am an amateur player, primarily playing classic rock, blues and hard rock. I am planning to play my guitar through a Marshall DSL 15C amplifier. I am looking for an versatile and reliable guitar, that would last for ages. In line with my budget that is about 1900 ($2530), I got three opportunities: - Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2013 - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II and - Gibson Les Paul Signature T All those three are pretty good guitars, being in the upper strata of Gibson guitars, just below the Customs. Those below are the things that appeal me in those guitars: The Traditional 2013 is appealing because it is the ultimate solid-body, non weight relief Les Paul, that has been sought after for years. It is a "real" Les Paul. The Les Paul Traditional Pro II is appealing because it gives the ultimate oppotunity of split coil, with push-push knobs (of which seems like the most handy). Moreover it has the option of 10db boost. And the Les Paul Signature T is also another split coil guitar with push-pull knobs. (I am not sure but with the current "signature" series of Gibson, this seems the least appealing. I don't know...) To be honest, I am betwixt between the Traditional and the Traditional Pro II. I am quite confused. Please help me, and please say something more than "play and choose it".