Hi guys, I've been playing guitar for quite some time and usually look at the classifieds for used guitars and amps that may be good offers. I have a modified strat with a fixed bridge and a single humbucker, a SS-S-S pacifica with a Wilkinson trem and sperzels, so a HH seemed like a good addition. The Les Paul bug has bitten me lately and have already tried more than a few on different stores and kind of want to buy one. I don’t want to spend too much (>1k), but sadly only the most expensive ones are left on the stores. I’ve tried a LP Classic 2017, LP Standard 2016, LP Tribute 2017, LP 50’s tribute 2016?, melody maker, faded, and other I don’t remember. Also a few Epiphones, Studio, Traditional Pro and Standard. From all those I clearly remember the Epi Trad Pro and the Gibson LP Classic. I found this 2012 Gibson Les Paul Satin Fireburst for 600CHF (for simplicity let’s say 1CHF = 1USD) which seemed like a good deal to me. I think this would be the equivalent to the current Les paul Studio Faded 2016 T, but with different pickups and minus the coil splitting feature. After doing some research this are the specs that I have been able to find: Serial Number: 118521381 Brand: Gibson Model: 2012 Les Paul Studio Code: LPSTSFCHI Finish Color: Satin Fireburst Weight: 8.46 lbs Top Wood: Carved Maple Body Wood: Modern Weight Relieved Mahogany Neck Wood: Mahogany Neck Shape: 1960's Slim Taper Fingerboard: Granadillo Fingerboard Radius: 12" Inlays: Pearloid Trapezoid Scale Length: 24.75" Width at Nut: 1 11/16" Frets: 22 Pickups: 490R and 498T with Push/Pull Coil Taps Magnets: AlNiCo II (neck) and AlNiCo V (bridge) Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-Way Selector Hardware : Chrome Bridge: Tune-O-Matic Tailpiece: Stopbar Tuners: Vintage Style "Kluson Deluxe" Case: Gibson USA Case (also included with this guitar) What do you think? First, it is not a fake, right? Should I go for it? A friend has a Gibson LP with the same pickups and he says they are great, althought I have not played it myself I do like the sound. The ’16 Les Pauls, either Studio faded, 50’s tribute or 60’s tribute, go for 900CHF locally and 780CHF online. I would be saving up to 300CHF with the used one, plus if I ever want to sell it I might be able to get back close to what I paid, which will never happen with a brand-new guitar. I’m thinking about offering him 500CHF or my Yamaha Pacifica 604w (4 single coils in HSS, sperzel locking tuners and Wilkinson V100 tremolo) plus 200CHF. Thanks a lot for reading and for your advise, Cheers, Walter P.S. If you live in Zürich and want to get together and jam, send me a PM.