I have been playing guitar for 30 years and getting a Les Paul has been on my life time goal list for almost that long. I have played several in stores throughout the years but the ones I wanted were never affordable for me. I was recently able to purchase the guitar I have always wanted with the release of the 50's Les Paul Standard. It is a perfect guitar. I have played on many guitars throughout my life and have mainly played an Ibanez Iceman. This Les Paul feels like it is part of my hand and is so easy to play. I had a very hard time choosing between the 60's and 50's models and I did a ton of research in the quality of these guitars. They had nothing but good reviews and, after playing both, chose the Gold Top 50's model. I highly recommend it to anyone.