I am a lifelong professional player (72 yrs old). I have owned and sadly through bad decisions have departed with some early vintage Gibson guitars throughout life. My advice to all guitar lovers, "Be faithful to the one who brought you here." This brings me to the present. I maintain that Gibson is the one standard that all other manufacturers are still vying to mimic. I purchased the 2020 Cherry Burst Les Paul 50's online from "Mr. Sam", this being my first experience with online guitar buying. Thus, I broke a lifelong cardinal rule, "play before you pay!" Nevertheless, despite some serious hand wringing I was very pleased when the instrument arrived. Gibson is on top of their 'A Game'. The guitar was also properly packaged and secured in its long overland trip from New York to Texas. Thanks, 'Mr Sam'! Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, there was a slight delivery delay, however the company online customer service representative provided me with regular updates. Back to the excitement. The guitar was even more attractive in hand. The finish and setup was to professional standards. The cherry burst finish is immaculately applied and visually appealing. I went with the 50's model because of my familiarity with some of its 'ancestors'. The larger/ thicker neck profile is spot on, it provides a good grip when I make stretchy jazz chords. The alnico 2 humbucker pickups sing with clarity and for lack of a better description it produces what knowledgeable guitarists describe as a 'creamy tone'. I pushed it in an overdriven tube amplifier and it growled with the biting blues tones so connected with the Gibson Les Paul. This instrument rekindles old memories. Mr Sam' included a Gibson guitar strap, cleaning cloth, a hex tool set, warranty card, and a bunch of guitar picks. Also in the case I found an overhead photo print of the guitar laying on a weight scale just before it left the factory. Talk about provenance! Thanks Sam Ash, you made my day!