After spending the last 20 years playing acoustic guitar, I can honestly say I'm pretty new to electrics. Never really considered playing them much...until recently. I've studied acoustics pretty intensely and understand the whole "pre-war" thing quite well. But when it comes to electrics, nada. Almost every piece of literature I stumble across regarding Gibson Les Pauls seems to use the '59 ( the real 1959 not reissues) as the measuring stick for true greatness. My question is simple, Why?