So a friend of mine calls me over to check out this Gibson Les Paul from Musician's Friend that he bought for his son for Christmas. It is a USA made Gibson and only comes in a washed out cherry satin finish and they are selling it for $849.99 with a Gibson USA hardshell case. Needless to say I could not wait to tear this guitar to pieces not only by playing it but by being the "guitar snob" I am known to be. I'm working on this though...........times change. Anyway, here are some observations: I am one of those guys that happens to like my Les Paul's to have some weight to them ( how weird is that?) and this LP lacks a little in weight and it's not the loudest/chunkiest LP I've ever played HOWEVER, For the money..........WOW ! Best 'bang for the buck' I've seen in years for a USA made piece. Comes stock with Gibson Burstbucker 2 & 3 humbuckers which are very articulate with a great vibe and sustain forever. The setup out of the box was wonderful! I didn't think Gibson even knew how to do this sort of thing anymore. The fretwork is great, no sharp edges, all seated well, neck straight as an arrow with just the right amount of relief, et., etc. I could go on but you get the pic. Now I know how the price is kept down. For example, 3 piece body, 3 piece neck, 2 piece mahogany top, satin finish, etc. but I was and still am very impressed with this product and Gibson deserves a BIG THUMBS UP for it. Nice to see a more affordable USA made Gibson Les Paul made available to us "kids"................. Now, if Gibson could just get their Historic line of Les Pauls to play this well out of the box they just maybe on to something.