So I am quite happy with the guitars I have. But I have an itch, and unfortunately I think it's mainly cosmetic in nature. This is my current LP style guitar: I'm a big ESP fan, this Eclipse has made me very happy ever since I got her. Love the XJumbo frets, the neck profile, the playability, the sound and at 3,5 kilos (7,7 pounds) she's lightweight and doesn't kill my shoulder and back. I also enjoy the thinner body because upper fret access is easier than on a full thickness model. Now here's the thing: I am perfectly fine playing all kinds of music on this axe, from blues to metal (Duncan SH-5 in the bridge and SH-2 in the neck), but when you think of all the blues guys, they play Gibsons. It's an iconic image that's engraved into ones brain. It's really stupid and as said purely cosmetic, but I feel like I wanna have a real LP. I had a Studio that was okay but didn't blow me away and the Eclipse is just on a completely different level in regards to craftmanship and sound. Also as said, very different, modern specs. So to all you guys who own the real deal, what am I missing out on? Apart from the look and most likely the sound (Eclipses are said to sound brighter and more like a SG due to the thinner body) what can I expect? I played a few real LPs and I wasn't really blown away. Small frets, heavy, a very rough unfinished feel to the fretboard and frets, the huge block getting in the way when soloing up high, tuning stability was a nightmare on some, and I tried a boatneck one which felt like I was grabbing someone by the throat. I also tried a real old Goldtop at my luthiers a customer had in for servicing (late 50s or early 60s I don't remember but it was from the golden era of Gibson, forgot what he told me) and holy mother of Jesus that thing had the longest sustain ever and wasn't even plugged in. But I'm not rich so I certainly can't afford a true old one. I know the whole deal about "you gotta go out and play a lot of them till you find the right one", but I am aware that at this point I am just GASing for the real deal because of the look. And I certainly don't have the dough at the moment either. There's a guy on my local auction site that sells japanese Epiphones and Orvilles (they all have the open book headstock) and they deliver the look. At 800 Euros they are very affordable too. Should I grab one of them? Or will I just be dissapointed? Insights and opinions are very welcome. Keep rocking, cheers!