Ever since I sold my Epiphone LP back to the guy I originally bought it from, I've wanted another LP. At the same time, I'm getting closer to retirement, and told my wife around 2014 after struggling with getting an Epiphone SG to play right "No more cheap guitars, I want something nice to play when I retire" The next year I picked up a Taylor acoustic... not a top end, still an import, but the 214DLX is still a very nice acoustic. A couple of years later, she bought me a Marshall MG15 for my birthday (I had it, along with a bunch of other stuff, on my Amazon shopping list... no idea why she picked the MG over the Mustang)... so on Superbowl Sunday we went to Sam Ash and I bought a 2017 American Special. My first Fender since I sold me '78 Antigua, and first US-made guitar since I picked up my two G&Ls in the mid 90s. Of course, "no more cheap guitars" kinda' fell by the wayside over the last couple of years as GAS struck again and again... D'Angelico Premier EXL-1... imported, but very nice. A partscaster Tele, and of course a Harley Benton P90 Goldtop.... because I didn't want to spend the money for a Gibson. I changed my mind this morning, thinking back to the "no more cheap guitars" thing. 2019 Les Paul Standard 60's in Iced Tea Burst. Gibson has done a very, very good job on these new models. So far, I have not been able to find any issues at all. The finish is beautiful, fretboard clean (if a little dry, but that's expected), and it plays like a dream. I haven't taken the time to run a fret rocker along the neck, but I am not expecting any surprises. Is it worth more than 10x the cost of my Harley Benton and 5x the cost of my Epiphones? Absolutely!