Hi everyone. I just joined the forum because I'm looking for tips on which make/model of old japanese les paul type guitar to buy, and, just as importantly, where to buy from. My budget is $1200 for the guitar and any parts and work needed. I'd rather pay $800 and have a little leftover to pay for some new pickups and whatever other hardware needs replacing or fret work that needs to be done. If I was to spend $1200 on a guitar, I'd need something that was ready to go as is. First, I should ask: is this even realistic? Based on my limited research, it seems like it might be. But you guys seem like you would be able to give me the straight talk. I have to admit that, though I'm an experienced player (mostly a tele and jazzmaster guy), I have never owned a Les Paul, and I really don't know much about LPs, apart from the basics. I know just enough to think I want the classic recipe of mahogany body, plain maple cap, bright and low output PAF style pickups, one piece mahogany neck with long tenon, tom & stp. Looks are not super important to me, but I prefer plain top bursts and chrome hardware. I prefer chunky necks and big frets. I've been reading up on Tokais, Edwards, Greco, Burny, Orville, etc. but I'm kind of flummoxed as to what to buy, and who to buy from. I know I'd like an old guitar, though. Maybe late 70s or early 80s. I just like the feeling of worn-in guitars, and I don't want a new, shiny instrument. I live in New York City. Any tips, suggestions, or guidance would be most welcome. Thank you.