New Guitar Week! I gotta level with you fellas, this is a new guitar week instead of new guitar day because this wasn't love at first touch. I picked up the guitar Tuesday of last week and when I played it at the guys house it sounded good but definitely needed a setup. The guy bought it two years ago and played it a handful of times and left it in the case, he said the original strings were still on it with the factory setup. One thing I wasn't initially impressed with there were a few what looked like file marks on the binding and fretboard in certain areas, which my beloved Epi LP I bought 15 years ago doesn't have. So I took the guitar to a well respected tech in my area for a complete setup. He asked how hard I play and I said "not too hard, but I don't ***** foot around" I got the guitar home and the neck was almost dead straight and action super low. No fret buzz if I strummed very lightly. I guess I found out I'm an aggressive player because when I got into it it was buzzing all over the place. I sighed and brought out my tools, I guess I'll be doing my own setups from now on because I'm too borderline OCD apparently. I added some relief, about .01" when fretting 1st and 15th and raised the action, I bend a lot so I like to be able to get under the strings. So after a couple days of tinkering she has next to no fret buzz and I guess I play pretty hard. Anyhow the neck and setup on it are awesome for me, she plays great. However, she's a beast and weighs in at 10.6 lbs!! I did some reading and I guess the 2013 traditionals were completely solid, no kidding. I've been comparing this guitar tone wise with my Epi LP that I mentioned previously, and I'm not going to lie when I got the Gibby home I was a little disappointed to find out that my Epi was louder unplugged and seemed to resonate more and have more sustain, but was a bit darker. The Gibby was quieter, brighter, but not thin. It did sound very full and musical but just didn't have the long decaying notes like the Epi did. Which is kinda my bread and butter, I love high single notes to just ring out. Anyhow I plugged them in to my Marshall DSL50 and I'm now a firm believer that a good portion of unplugged tone does transfer into sound coming out of the amp. I preferred the Gibby in most respects but that darn Epi just sings at on the top two strings above the 12th fret, which is what I was hoping the Gibson would excel at. So my question for all you fine folks if you've stayed with me this long, do you have any tips to possibly to make this Gibson supplant my Epi in every regard (pickups etc. I was thinking possibly the Duncan Slash set maybe)? Or do I need to wait 15 years for the Gibson to to break in and dry out completely? Thanks fellas, and here's some eye candy. She looks not bad, and has some cool figuring.