Sometimes found as the "SmartWood Exotic", this Gibson was made in a few varieties. The early ones from the late nineties featured several optional top woods harvested from sustainable rainforests in cooperation with the Rainforest Alliance. Features mahogany back and neck, 490R and 498T humbuckers, and a distinct flat black headstock plate omitting the usual Les Paul logo.
Despite the lower weight and slimmer profile, the Smartwood has the distinctive tone and sustain of a larger, pricier LP, and is capable of achieving a blistering sound thanks to the 490/498 humbucker setup. Was around $1,000 new, and usually found around $700 in 2015.