@tobijohn was curious about the back story on my #1, mentioned in another thread, so here goes: About 2001, my wife and I are pretty involved with helping a friend who was dying of Melanoma. Had a wife and two kids. His wife's brother was a lawyer who one day showed me his 1957 Gold Top LP. He couldn't tune the thing, but had a classic. After spending some time with it he offered it to me for $30K to $40K (I think he finally got $40K). I did the next best thing and dissected it , took copious measurements, traced it, took pictures, etc. I naively set out to build my own burst. #1 goal was sound over looks. I turned over lumber yards for mahogany & maple, getting strange looks for tapping and listening to the wood. One elderly yard owner asked a lot of questions and said, "I think I have some African mahogany that may do the trick. But I am not sure you'd want it. It is really old, as I built a bedroom set in the 40's as a wedding gift to my wife. I hope I can find it" He returned with a very light weight species, which to me - resonated very musically. Best $28 I ever spent and even had enough to use to start another guitar (my green Special). The maple top took me longer and I really did not have a source for old, figured wood and settled for a plain top. Again the yard owner dug through a pile of scraps to find an a very tonal East-coast maple (he thought Michigan or New England) from what he remember was there in the late 60's. The rosewood came from an old neighbor, who swore it was Brazillian - but I could not confirm that. My brother-in-law did the planning, the neck joints and I did the rest with a lot if his guidance (he is the son of a master cabinet builder). I took my time (I was doing a ton of repairs and had finished my MBA) and by 2005, she was ready for paint. I decided on a tobacco top with a purple back and neck. Was ugly as sin, so I stripped it. Since I had no paint booth, I had to wait for the Spring or Fall to use a screen tent. Fall 2005, I had a really beautiful burst with a cherry back and neck. On a gloss coat, the sun had snuck around and boiled the finish. I finally got it right in 2006, doing a replica finish of a '59 335 for the back and neck. I had played one for 15 minutes at a guitar show and noticed it had dark cherry filler and a golden hue from age. I gave the top a 3D tobacco-cherry (ice tea?) burst. The tobacco is a stain, with about 10 coats of clear, then a touch of cherry frame, then a yellowed gloss to make it look aged. Traditional ABR-1 type bridge and stop (Gotoh?). Grover tuners. Bone nut. Same type of plastic inlays. It originally had Duncan SH-1's, but now has my AMI Gold Greeny's. Gold hardware (I wanted to be a little different). Gibson selector and the CTS pots were out of an old guitar. Mojotone oil filled caps. The surreal moment came when I first strung it up. Prior builds told me this would belong an iterative to get it playable and I was ready for a long, frustrating road. Not this one. I dialed in the action and the intonation was perfect, except one string. I couldn't believe it. So it is lighter than most Gibson LPs, plays and sounds better than I remember the '57 Gold Top it was born from. Very forgiving and comfortable. From that day, it became my #1. Here are some better pictures I just too She is a little worn, but still my favorite.