No there is definitely a difference. On current Historics (the specs have changed over the years) you get hide glue construction, long neck tenon and "proper" hardware. Closer attention to fit and finish (although in my experience a good USA model will have every bit as good fit and finish). The lighter pieces of wood go to the custom shop as well.So if I don’t care for a vintage Les Paul and am fine with the modern features of the standard, there’s really no reason to take a pricey historic over a standard? That’s good to know. I hear over and over again how the histories are better than the standards but my last thread, folks had said that’s not necessarily true.