Yesterday I played an RB Historic w/ Tom Holmes humbuckers. OMFG, what a sound. Those Tom Holmes HB's are 'freakin AMAZING. They have lots of highs, and none of it harsh at all! Thay have LOTS of Bass, but it's very clear and understated, it doesn't "hammer you' at all. They're some of the best pickups I've ever heard in an electric guitar period, bar none. (For the record, I own a '59 Dot Neck ES-335 with real PAF's) It comes with all the Certs of Authenticity, OHSC, blah blah blah. The Tom Murphy Les Paul I've been playing is a better Les Paul than this R8, but w/ the Holmes HB's, the R8 sounds better through an amp. The Murphy LP has amazing acoustic properties, and feels better to play. The R8 has a plain-ish top (no prob for me) but those Holmes pickups - WOW! Through an amp, the R8 is freakin amazing. It does not play as magically as the Murphy, but it's fine - could use new frets though. Both insturments are wonderfully dynamic, the Murphy a little more so. So, the R8 is used - they want $2800. Too high? The Tom Murphy Les Paul - they want $3900 for it. Too high? OUCH! The market has really gone high. Both guitars are more than I paid for my all original '56 TV Les Paul Special 5 years ago, and more than the mint '56 LP Junior I co-bought with Mark Robinson 4 years ago. Thanks, Dana O.