http://willcuttguitars.com/collings/collings-electrics/collings-city-limits-deluxe-tobacco-burst-855 It took me months to decide and deliberate between a Gibson Collectors Choice and a Collings CL. I already own a R9 so I felt to try something different. I bought this guitar on a blind internet purchase from Willcutt Guitars. I was nervous, but after reading the reviews about Collings craftsmanship I decided it was worth the risk. The guitar is loaded with Throbak ER and a mahogany top. The fit, neck joint, neck carve, binding, fretwork, and most important playability is easily the best I've seen. Collings really puts the work where their mouth is. Not a single flaw on the guitar I could find. I was also hesitant on the heavy gauge strings they use. I'm a 9 gauge guy on a les Paul. I found I actually,play and vibrato better on the heavier gauge strings. The throbaks actually brightened the guitar. It has that what I think has become the traditional Collings "ultra clarity sound" people speak of. TGP members who are strictly les Paul players I highly suggest you look into these if you're on the fence about another purchase. The build really is a cut above. The playability is unbelievable...inspiring really. I couldn't put it down. Now sound wise...I play through a cranked Germino. The les Paul paired gives you THAT sound. The Collings, though not thinner sounding, it is more refined....articulate. But I find it more flexible than the R9. I am not affiliated with Willcutt...hell I live in NJ...but they were great. I dealt with Eric Cummins. He put that guitar and another through the paces, gave me a very honest assessment because I felt like he generally cared I got a guitar I'd like and enjoy. I suggest that shop. Anyway this is kind of a postpost geared towards the les Paul guys who are pondering about taking that leap and branching out. I did, and will never look back.