As an old time vintage collector I have to say the wood debate is totall BS meant to take money out of your pockets. Love old guitars and have owned ALL of the collectibles. My favorite guitar of all time was a 58/59 LP special I sold to a well known shop in CT. It had a clean fixed neck break which I disclosed at the time. He later told me me he had overpaid (market had dropped in 2008). That guitar was the most toneful, harmonically rich guitar I have ever played. Wish I had never sold it. Does that mean every guitar built since is not as toneful?. The rig you are playing through is as much a part of the equation as the guitar. Unfortunately I don't remeber what my amp set up was. I remember what I was holding in my hand but don't remember the whole chain. Was it the guitar that was great or was it the signal chain?. Something to think about.