Here is, IMHO, the difference between an original guitar & a re-issue. This goes for other manufacturers, too: The new guitars are WAY better in terms of fit & finish & consistency of quality. It's not so much that vintage guitars sound better; The original guitars are more "touch-sensitive". IOW, you could say they "play themselves". On a re-issue, you hafta fight to sound your best. I first noticed this when I got my '66 Emmons pedal steel guitar..it played effortlessly; I couldn't sound bad on it if I tried. Same with my '65 Mosrite Ventures guitar...anything I want to play is just THERE. Now, I am not a fan of Les Pauls. A buddy of mine brought his '76 Paul to one of my gigs to try, & it just played itself. Can't do that with a new one. Also...vintage guitars have the sound you grew up listening to, so that will appeal to most people over a new one. The only new guitars I like are Custom Shop; they are as close to the original as you will get.