Have 2 Les Pauls that I’ve had for 15 years. I can count on 1 hand the number of true “oh ****” moments, despite them being through about all of the situations you mention. I take care of and watch out for my stuff. Had a buddy knock one over and it gave the most sickening sound when it landed on a concrete floor. Guitar was fine and I decided that was a really ****** place to set the guitar. Almost no one decides against buying a Gibson for the overblown neck issue. As for old men, hemming and hawing, they hem and haw about other peoples’ broken Gibson necks plenty.