I was checking out some Les Paul's today at GC. This particular model was the Traditional Pro. I have been looking at this model for some time. They had three colors in stock. They had heritage cherry sunburst, vintage burst and ebony (black). I was curious why the ebony model was $100 cheaper than the other two. The GC sales dude explained that Gibson uses a lower grade wood for the ebony model because the guitar is fully painted and the wood grain is not visible like on the other two. He went on to say that he would not buy the ebony because the wood could be real "bad" but there's no way to know because it's not "visible" under the paint. The first thing that I thought is that this is some type of marketing gimmick devised by the sales guy to try and sell me the higher priced guitar. Can anyone confirm that Gibson indeed uses an "inferior" grade of wood for the ebony models and would this affect tone? Thanks.