Hey SS I'm looking for a new guitar for some old-time blues/rock playing. I've been looking at Gibsons for that sweet, fat tone. I've come across a very nice looking Les Paul goldtop on a danish forum. The positive thing is that I really, really dig the looks, and it's in excellent condition, but what makes me worried about buying is that it is VERY old (1958!) so I'm worried about wear and tear and the general condition; especially since it's priced at about the same as a brand new Les Paul Studio! (Round about 1400 euro/1200£). So what do? Get the old Gibson, which looks stunning but is OLD (though well taken care of) or get the brand new Studio where I know the condition is perfect?