OK, I'll get the easy/obvious stuff out fast: (1) I know the answer is "play a bunch and get the one that sounds best to you" (2) I'm a hobby player. Occasionally play at church and few gigs a year out. Mainly just at home because I really enjoy it. (3) Not a doctor or lawyer (save the cork sniffer jokes). I'm an engineer and retired Marine Corps/Navy aviator. Pretty much a play at home nerd that just loves music. Because I'm not a "pro", I keep a modest collection. Two Martin acoustics, a Fender Custom Shop 2012 Strat Pro my wife got me for my 40th bday that I love and two very awesome Danocaster T-styles (one R/W board, one double-bound maple board). That's it. I do not have a dual H/B guitar nor do I have extensive pedal collection. I recently played a friend's 2004 Gibson Custom Shop Deluxe (a black one w/ the gold h/w). While I didn't love the "feel", I did really like the neck and the sound was..."whoa". Really helped fill in that AC/DC, 80s crunchy Marshally tone that I really dig sometimes. So I'd really "like" to have that in the stable, but this little hobby needs to fund itself (most of the time) and I have a young family (got started late due to not wanting to stress a marriage and be an absent dad while deployed so much). So, I can either scrimp and save the scratch to look for a Gibson LP Standard or Traditional (I guess, maybe a studio, never played one but if it sounded the same, felt good and was cheaper, I'd do it. And I'd never pay for an R8/R9 b/c I just don't need to), or...I can sell one of the others to fund it. Can't sell the Strat given the gift from wife, which leads to the two Danocasters and I said I'd really hope to never sell one because I just really, really like them that much, though they are similar in tone. My other option was to chase that tone as much as possible w/ my Danocasters and Strat and find pedals to match. So far I've tried a JHS Charlie Brown and a Mojo Hand FX Magistrate and both are cool, but not close to that LP I played. Anybody have any advice on this? Pedals, sell a Danocaster, or just wait over time and get an LP when I've saved up for it. First world problems, for sure. Many thanks for any experience from someone that's been down this road.