All I can say is that you no longer need to spend 10,000 more on a Les Paul Standard, nor do you need to spend hundreds more on an HP. This has everything you'd need in a guitar. The humbuckers work great for metal, blues, country, or any other genre you can think off. The volume knobs have coil taps for each pickups and tone control for each, in addition to the beautiful colors available. The main problem here is the tuners, as they are of a pretty terrible quality. They are fine if you stay in one tuning, and even then they go out of tune on a regular basis. However, if you switch tunings a lot the strings can break, even if your careful, and the tunings will always be out of tune as they can't stay in tune if frequently used. This is the one thing you maybe should check out the high performance for.