A little background history... I've never been a Les Paul guy. I think I touched a Jimmy Page that was nice earlier this year and a late eighties Studio with upgraded bridge pickup that sounded and felt nice but, BOAT ANCHOR! Out of picking up 100 or so $800-$4,600 Les Pauls over the past 15 years of my guitar playing journey, that JP model I touched recently, was the only LP I considered buying. I bought a Guild Bluesbird AAA a few years back and much prefer it over any Les Paul I have ever played EXCEPT that a funny thing happened yesterday... I went store hopping with a friend and was coexerced into playing an R9 The clouds parted in the sky and the sun shined only on me for the 15 minutes or so that I played that guitar. I played 2 more (1 in the same store and one elsewhere) but, that first one that was handed to me was MAGIC! Now I know what some of you mean by your holy grail Les Paul. But, at this point in time, that is both a blessing and curse One look at my sig and you should understand why... I'd have to probably trade or sell 6 of my "children" to get that guitar... and there isn't a smiley sad enough to portray that thought as I'm already selling 6 other guitars to free up some cash for expenses as it is. I don't know haw some of you guys do it!