The only simile that comes to mind is, if you have a car (let's say a Mercedes) and you say to yourself "man, my car is really nice." Then, while walking through a parking lot, you come across a Bentley (Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Lotus, whatever) and you say "my car is really nice, but THIS is an incredibly superior machine!" is how you would compare this instrument to a Les Paul Standard. Standard's are great, but, this is a superior machine. All hand made, finished, fitted and every attention to detail has been gone over and over and over. In the same condition the day it left the Gibson Custom Shop, has all the case candy, the case itself is flawless as well. Set-up incredibly, plays just the way it should, sounds amazing and looks/sound/feels like a '59 Les Paul. Which, I guess, is the point. If interested, email us, we have a lot of extra pictures of this guy.