I acquired an 08 Gibson Les Paul R8 with the gloss finish in trade last month and I have to say it is the finest guitar I've ever owned. I love the big chunky neck, the fret job is fantastic and the tone is just phenominal. This the the 5th LP I've owned in the last 10 years and the others just don't compare, this is a step above. I'm amazed at how resonant the guitar is, I always thought that LP's were very compressed in nature but this one rings out beautifully and sustains for ever. I've been looking for 1 guitar to be my main axe and I think I've found it. One more nod is to the RS wiring kit the previous owner installed. The volume and tone controls are more usable than any other guitar I've owned hands down.