Over the last couple of years I've completely gutted my Norlin, Kalamazoo Les Paul Deluxe. I replaced the pots with 500k pots, rewired it to '50's specs, and dropped in some SD Antiquity humbuckers. The latter mod was made possible by someone routing the pickup slots out years ago for humbuckers. I wouldn't have done it but I'll take advantage of this mod. The guitar sounds rich in dynamics with a ton of sustain. I've been playing a lot recently with only the guitar and my amps (Blues Deville and JTM-45) and just taking all of its subtle notes in. This got me to thinking. I've never played a '59 Les Paul so there could be some major level up in tone that I'm missing but is the tone of a '59 Les Paul really that unique? My opinion is no. Certainly not worth the price point. I believe that most of what we attribute to the guitar is really mostly a function of the electronics, assuming similar materials and body shapes. What do you think?