I week ago I put the word out that I was thinking of upgrading from my LP Studio to an R8. Most said it was worth the cash to go for it. So, now I'm wondering about all the options and I've thought about '57 reissues too. Goldtop or plaintop and VOS or regular? Solid or chambered? I'm thinking that either a R7 or R8 VOS would be fine if it was good acoustically and if I could find one at around 8.5 lbs. Are the goldtops and plaintops the same guitar except for the finish? Opinions on VOS? Thanks for any help.