Mine plays nice enough but the frets need serious attention so I don't have strong feelings on it either way. I've not been playing it and actually have it listed locally for $950. If it doesn't sell I'll probably use it as my first attempt at a refret.Do you like the lite model? Is it worth $1000?
do a search on Reverb and/or eBayDo you like the lite model? Is it worth $1000?
your post reminded me of the best thing about Studios....93-95 Studio Lite. People hated these things because they removed areas of wood and replaced with Balsa to make it lighter. In reality, a weight relieved“Swiss Cheese” Les Paul has more wood removed than these. These models had ebony fretboards, black chrome hardware, slightly thinner bodies, and the same pickups as the Les Paul Classic (496R and 500T). The 500T is kind of a cool, very HOT pickup - kind of a one trick pony but a really cool trick.
A lot of the blue ones turned an weird greenish color after the blue finish faded. And the headstocks on a LOT of these develop finish issues - purely aesthetic, but you see it all the time. I modded the crap out of mine with new hardware, electronics, pickups, plastic. I still keep it for situations where I’m not comfortable bringing my more expensive Gibsons but still want a guitar with humbuckers (I ended up putting in OX4s).