More just "thinking out loud" here than anything, so bear with me. I just received an unexpected pay top-up of $1200 CDN, which puts me in the rare situation of being able to afford (or nearly afford) something I've always wanted. Top three contenders are: - Gibson Les Paul - American Strat - Fender Deluxe Reverb II or Fender Vibrolux VM RI amp I already have an awesome Gibson SG Special, a MIJ Tele, and a SF Super Reverb, so whatever I get is more in the hey cool I can have one of these category than absolutely need it. However, I've struggled financially all my life (the other gear I've either had for 25 years or bought by stashing away $75 gig payments over several months), so it's nice for once to have a bit of free cash to reward myself for 25 years of hard gigging and 12-hour work days. Here's the pros and cons: - Les Paul -- I'd really love a Traditional or Standard LP, which sell for around $1800 used in Canada, so I could keep saving and pray some unexpected disaster (car engine blows up, teeth fall out, etc) doesn't pilfer my nestegg in the meantime. I tried one of the new LPM Gibsons, which sells new for the money I have, BUT I can't stand the G-force and weird brassy nut (which on the model I tried would not stay in tune, forcing the G-force to work overtime to the point of annoyance). This is a disappoinment -- because I could have a 2015 if they didn't, in my opinion, totally suck from the neck up. - Strat -- love Strats and have owned a MIM and Squier CV (since sold); I could get an American Standard almost new (need about another $200 which I could swing in a few weeks), and easily used for around $850 to $900. - Amp: Pretty happy with the amp I have, but it's big and heavy. A nice Fender tube combo would be cool to have, and by far would be the most practical purchase -- if not quite as satisfying to my soul as a good U.S. guitar. Anyway, just venting some thoughts. If anyone has any ideas to pitch in, let's hear 'em. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone.