I've started to explore the idea of getting a real Les Paul. I've had an Epi for years, but I think I need to start saving for a Gibson. In doing my research I've concluded that the Historics, especially the R7 and R8 are worth the extra money. There is plenty of information on the R7 and R8, but I came accross the 1957 Custom on the Gibson site: http://www.gibsoncustom.com/flash/products/lespauls/573pu/1957Custom3PU.html Does anyone have any ideas how a two pick-up VOS Custom would compare to an R7 or R8. I see that it has a mahogany top and ebony finger board. I'd imagine there are some differences due to this departure from the usual Les Paul recipe.