I've been playing Electric for about 2 years with my dad's old Gibson Les Paul Traditional until it got robbed recently. I was accustomed to playing with what some people considered a premium guitar. I put away some money and was finally able to head into Sam Ash to pick out a Gibson Les Paul HP. This guitar caught my attention with it's cool Matte-Black finish with gold hardware. Long story short, I loved the lightweight feel and the slick neck feel, the sounds this little monster rings out, and the whole aggressive look. The overall touches this guitar comes with already feel premium; the locking tuners, EMG pickups, and great strings which can also be upgraded easily. If you're someone with a grand ($1,000.00) looking for the best bang for your buck, try this baby out.