I've always been a Fender guy. I built a strat and a tele and I love them both dearly. I just can't get enough of a nicely overdriven neck pup sound... But anyways I have developed a growing sense that my rocking world would be better if I had a nice hunk of mahogany with some humbuggies (sorry GMD for the plagiarism). The fact is that I haven't really gotten my hands on a Les Paul style guitar that sounds and plays good in a price range that I can afford. I'm a college kid so I really shouldn't even be thinking about another guitar, but hey I can always dream. I'm looking around for a LP style guitar that I can afford. Priorities include quality rocking woods, organic old-school "wood" tone, dependability, and a nice price tag. I don't mind if it looks like butt if it rocks hard. Actually I find that to be endearing. I'm a bluesman at heart and so I really like the angst. Some of the sounds I am looking for include definitely that classic rocking bridge pup sound. I definitely would stress classic: old Clapton stuff, Duane Allman, and Page. I really dig the neck pup with the tone rolled off too. I'm not afraid of swapping pickups. Actually I will probably mess around with the electronics regardless. I can't do much with woods or fretwork or such. I just want something that is a great stripped down rocking machine. I have thus far only talked about LP's but I love SG's too, and hey most anything else of any shape that gets that sort of sound. What sort of brands and models would you recommend I check out? What advice do you have for someone who is very unlearned with all things Gibson/Epiphone? It will probably be a while before I can make a purchase, but what sorts of things should I learn to look for? I'm just trying to jump into the water. I was initially drawn to SRV and Hendrix playing Strats, but there must be good reason why so many guys play Paul's. Thanks in advance!