This is my first Gibson guitar, and I am very impressed. I played a number of Les Pauls (both Epiphone and Gibson) at the shop and was very happy with this one. This is way better than any of the Epiphone models, and from what I can tell, just as good as the Gibson Les Paul studio. It's really in the sweet spot of value, tone, and playability. And I love the natural satin finish. It sounds great with the Burstbucker Pro's, and plays amazingly well.