Yep. My Les Paul Artisan (basically a 3 pickup Les Paul Custom with "banjo" inlays) played and sounded like a dream. That neck was incredible, and I still haven't played a neck like that to this day. But it was 12 pounds.I had a 78 LP Custom. Played and sounded absolutely great. Someone had done some incredibly nice fretwork on it. But it weighed a good 11 lbs.
+1keep the LP and get a low cost, maybe used, MIM Tele, there are good ones for not much $.