For many years I found that most non vintage Gibsons sounded numb and lacked nuance compared to my Strats. So I pretty much played only Strats for many years. Then in 2013, I picked up my first post 2013 historic Les Paul and I was completely blown away. People can say what they want about hide glue, sheathless trussrods, custombuckers etc. but without question, the recent Gibson Historics I’ve had the pleasure of playing, all have a nimbleness, transparency, nuance and dynamic response that easily equal my Fenders. You can’t get an accurate tonal picture of what is possible with an SG, Les Paul, ES or even a Strat and Tele until you’ve played a bunch of them and find the one or ones that truly stand out.