Hi folks. I would like to own a high quality guitar, but i'm not too keen on spending a couple grand just to have the word "gibson" on it. (I will if necessary but i'm sure there are more cost effective ways to get the same results, am i right?) I have been told that "tokai", a japanese company that mainly does rip offs make good quality clones. And wouldn't you know it, on my local kijiji classifieds I have found a "love rock" les paul copy for only 350$. My main concern is that I've only been playing for about 2 years, so my guitar knowledge is basically hear-say, having only owned and about 10 guitars myself, and mostly of brands like epiphone washburn and ibanez. (that might seem like a lot for a rookie but most of them were either traded or sold shortly after purchase....i fall out of love quickly) Now this tokai is a newer model, which i've been told are not as good as the lawsuit era tokais. It has a bolt on neck, which to me suggests a lower quality base instrument which might not be as worthy of upgrades (is this true/false?) My current daily players are an Epi LP Custom, and a Dean Cadillac Select. The Epi is my guitar of choice, but I like the look and feel of the dean over the epi, it just doesn't sound quite as nice. Brazillaburst Dean, Black Epiphone, Blue Tokai So Here's my question to you: Assume money is not an issue (ironic considering i don't want to just buy a gibson, i know) Which of the three guitars i've just mentioned would you most likely upgrade? How would you upgrade it? Would you recommend a different guitar to upgrade? I'm not against selling what I have to make room for something new, So if you have a brand of choice that you would throw some new pickups in and declare it as good as a gibson by all means i'm all ears. Thanks for your time and rock on.