There's so many reasons not to deal with Gibson; be it poor QC, ridiculous business practices, better guitars on the market for the money, whatever.... And yet, I find there is no GAS worse than the LP lust. I mostly lurk on here several times a day, and rarely post, but thismorning I had an experience that was really inspiring. In a town about an hour from where I live, I had walked past the lone music store a few weeks ago and there was a guitar in the window that caught my eye. I kept walking, but wondered if my eyes had deceived me. I was there again thismorning, and it turns out, my eyes were right. It was a Gibson Historic 1957 Goldtop. I actually had butterflies in my stomach just at the sight of it. I went in, and the clerk knows me, knows my tastes, and took one look at me and said, "You want to play the goldtop don't you?" I said "sorry" cause it was in the window, and involved a feat of acrobatics to dodge the 15 other planks that were in the window to get to it. Anyway, I played it, and it's without a doubt the best guitar I've ever played. It just had THAT feel to it. I had to walk out empty handed today, but I asked if he could keep an eye on it, and not let the kiddies beat on it. Around here, a guitar like that will sit in the window awhile, so hopefully in the near future I'll be able to do it up, but for now, I just have to dream. Why is it that Les Pauls seem to be able to do this to people? I am rarely impressed with guitars, and usually not attracted to Les Pauls. But something about this thing caught my eye in the window, sucked me in, and left me feeling like I just spent the day with a beautiful woman. It's only a guitar!!