Last year I had a big Les Paul purge. They served their purpose, recorded and gigged, but cash needed to be raised for more ES-295 restoration projects. And they served that purpose nobly. Four all told...all Custom Shop models. Leaving me with a cherry sunburst Custom and a chambered R3 goldtop. The itch to replenish LP inventory flared, and no salve, poultice or unguent provided relief. The white Les Paul Custom...always a statement and one that ebbed and flowed with me. It needed to be near mint, ebony board of course, and right around the 2006-9 years would be ideal. After an unpleasant encounter with a "mirage" here in the emporium of this very model, my search didnt drag on much longer. When work travel took me to Nashville last week, a quick scan of the usual suspect retailers landed on Carter Vintage, just a few blocks from my meeting. I wont go into gory detail, as there are some hall monitors here, but suffice to say, the unvarnished hostility of the 2 day meeting fully justified some guitar therapy. Dosage as follows: My first time in the store and as I own Walter Carters' books, it was a real treat to meet the man too. The store is absolutely fantastic. Huge, comfortable and stocked with intention and care. The front counter had every pedal known to mankind. Stores like this are really down to a handful left in the nation; not just big inventory - but SMART inventory - they seem to make an effort at having all lines and models represented. Not just 335s, but 345s, 355s. Likewise on Fenders and Martins. All food groups represented for a balanced meal. I was there at off peak hours so that helped the low key vibe. I zeroed in on this: We all crave that relaxed experience when poised to spend considerable sums on a new guitar; have it handed to you, be shown to an isolation booth or sideroom with amps of your choice and be left alone. That happened. Naturally. Easy. While I didnt have lots of time - I didnt need it. We came to terms quickly and they set it up with my preferred gauge including a wound third, and introduced me to the repair shop staff who got right on it, then arranged for shipping back to my tech the following week so it stayed moving, rather than warehoused over the weekend. It arrived today and is devastating. At half-mast: Full tumescence: It has its own feel; the rounded neck carve is full and must add to the depth of tone. First time I've had 57 Classics and I am impressed. Well balanced and defined. Different in its own way from the cherry sunburst; will be fun to record a track with just these two which is already on the horizon. Guitar therapy? It works.