Well, I ended up selling off my les paul a little while ago to help cover some bills. This was my first les paul, so finding something that will meet up to what I had, (I had upgraded a lot of the hardware, pickups and such) will be a serious challenge. I've been to guitar center, and local used music shop and still havent found what I really want. I've found bits and pieces of elements/ideas that I like but not in one guitar. Here's what I am looking for: Neck: Big thick neck like the 50s les paul Semi hollow, but not as big as a 335, the Epi WildCat is the perfect size Body: Needs to be an arched type, I have long fingers, Teles and Strat my hand cramps up from playing palm mutes on the flat bodies. Tones: cleans - like a P90 (the wildcat sounded really nice on the neck) or brian setzer clean Overdrive: Nice growl High Gain: Dont want it to flub out when doing palm mutes, I play hard rock about 75% of the time Tremolo: Optional (I never use one, dont know how to ) Budget: $300-700 I know thats a pretty small budget, but its a starting point.