Hi Guys, I spent some time yesterday at my favorite store. Atlanta Music brokers. I got a chance to compare a few guitars. Here are my thoughts...just my thoughts. YMMV PRS Custom22..(didn't have a McCarty) Nice guitar but a bit thinner sounding than the Les Paul I used as my Comparison guitar. I'm not a huge fan of PRS pickups. This one had Dragon II's. Nice but not quite the punchy, low mid thing I'm looking for. Anderson Cobra. this is one Sexy beast. I love the looks and style of this guitar. It seems to have a bit more of a focused mid hump, not quite the low mid oomph I'm llooking for. It's closer than the PRS and more versatile. Anderson Atom- I think this guitar needs a bit of a cosmetic overhaul. The looks are just very uninspiring for me. It just doesn't click. It sounds pretty darn good. Much more low mid than the cobra or custom 22. Lot's of Les Paul vibe with much more clarity. the top end is really defined, Kind of a polite, boutique les paul....I really like it. It's easier to play than a LP too. It does however lack that low mid thing. It has more than the others but it's still not there Gibson Les Paul Classic. Hardly the perfect LP but the only one in the shop. I hate the way the guitar sits on my lap. The neck angle makes me feel constricted. the lack of a belly cut makes the guitar feel like it is 100 feet away from me. The lack of a forearm contour is really uncomfortable...but...It has tons of ommph. All the notes have a certain weight to them....It IS rock and roll, warts and all...it is what it is.