You gotta look to find the ones that really speak to you, but I find that true of most guitar brands today. I've bought 5 historics over the years, and still have them all. I got my first historic Les Paul back in 1996. It's a first year R4---an exceptional guitar. I looked far and wide (CA to GA) for a guitar to equal a real 54 I had on loan. When I played this one in Atlanta, I bought it immediately. I also have a '97 R4 Oxblood, a '98 R8 flametop, an '03 68 Custom and an '07 R7 wraparound. All exceptional, all bought new, all sound great stock (except the R8 now has Lollars). That doesn't stop me from still looking on e-bay, in the emporium and at dealers. :NUTS I suspect I'm not alone.