After 30 years of guitar, some professional gigging. This Gibson Les Paul Modern is everything I hoped it would be. This guitar makes every other guitar I've owned feel like a toy (except for my Jackson Mick Thomson Soloist). It plays so smoothly. The tone is rich. And I love the huge variety of sounds I can get from all the push-pull pots. I do not regret spending the money, it's worth every penny. And this guitar really is worth the wait. I would suggest you see every piece of gear you have and pool the money into this guitar. This guitar is on another level beyond most everything on the market. PS- Thank you to San and Micheal and the Glendale Arizona Sam Ash store.