He's on a green wall too, psychedelic style.
They used to have a confirgurator to build custom cats. I think you have to buy them whole now and switch parts for really crazy stuff. The classic black with red and diamond jewels one will be my next.
Music room felt like a casino, now I can tell...
The second one in the original post will retain value better.
At least have them test for necks for stiffness if you want the better of the two.
My '01 Classic has hairline cracks on the fret edge binding. They can't be felt in normal play and the guitar is still fantastic. Like was said...
The 2nd one is better, but...... what do you want it to sound like? What qualities are most important that it has? Sustain, bite, warmth, sweetness, growl
Let them know what you're after and let them send the one that matches it.
Drive down to Nashville if CME doesn't provide the service you like. Rumble Seat, Carters, Gruhn, etc. etc...
That's a guitar town! Dozens of amazing CS Les Paul's to be found. Those guys can just drive down the street and spec custom runs with hand picked tops.
I know it's covid land and all right now, but there's no way you'll find "the one" while internet shopping. You'll only get "pretty good" and that's if they have a good return policy.
You can pick the top, weight, and sort of the neck, but you'll never know what's actually out there until you...
One thing about cars like that, unless properly insured, they total out for probably less than $2k. I hope he crashes the thing.
Wonder where all the $ for the new 408 and necessary new transmission and rear end to put down that much power came from?
I'd forgot the Classic is push/pull now.
What kind of music are you going to be playing?
The 61's in the Classic will make better metal tones in my opinion, and the ones I've heard are good enough leave in the guitar. The A2 mag'd burstbuckers will be more vintage sounding. They are both good...