Yes, another Gibson thread, but let me share a new perspective to the countless regurgitations we see posted on TGP in the last week or so. This whole video thing brought up a lot of emotions in a lot of people, including myself initially. With all the discussions that were picking Gibson apart, from marketing techniques to quality control to my own pleas for them to make a production guitar with long tenons and true ABR1's.... There's one thing that I kept going back to in my mind, which is... I've played hundreds of guitars, but I've never played one better than a Custom Shop Les Paul. I've played all the alternatives that people tout about, and I've tried modding and souping up Gibson USA Les Paul's to get them as close to CS's as I could... I've heard all the arguments and counter arguments against tonewoods and electronics and hardware and all the things people go on about not mattering these days.... But when I pick up my CME LP's from the Custom Shop, none of that matters at all, because they're the best guitars I've ever played. Describing why that is will just invoke a lot of buzz words... and those of us on TGP who have the same experience have been trying to pinpoint "why" they're so great for years... attributing it to craftsmanship, better quality woods, long tenons, hide glues, ABR1's, lightweight hardware, electronics, general worksmanship, etc etc.... but it seems to be a useless effort to attribute it to any 1 thing. In the end, trying to understand fully WHY they're so great is kind of pointless... because it'll never take away the fact that... they just are! All things combined, when I pick them up and play them, it still keeps blowing me away. They feel absolutely perfect for everything I'd ever want to do with a guitar. It's effortless to get the sound I want, and feels like an extension of myself when I'm playing. When I am holding one of these 2 Les Paul's pictured below, the rest of the world melts away, and I'm just left with a perfect guitar, and a huge smile on my face.