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I always wanted a Les Paul, but when I first started buying guitars in 2005, I bought my second guitar which was an Epiphone Gibson Les Paul Standard in Trans Blue. I didn't think I was ready for a real Gibson so I started with that. I could never get that guitar to sound right, it sounded "ugly" to me. I explained this to someone and the advice I received was that if I didn't like the way that guitar sounded, I was ready for a Gibson. I bought a 2006 Gibson Les Paul Studio in Vintage Mahogany. I liked it a LOT better, but I wasn't in love with it. In 2013, I traded that in for this Traditional Pro. I was originally going to buy it in Wine Red, but I saw the Pelham Blue version on the top row of the wall at Guitar Center and fell in love. This is one of my most prized guitars. While the neck took some getting used to (I like a thinner neck), the sound that this thing makes is amazing.