I've always been a floating tremolo user and required 24-frets so I just never happened to own a LP style guitar over the 20 years that I've played guitar. In fact, it seems that every guitar and bass I currently own or have ever owned has had a superstrat-style body, with only 3 exceptions ever. Here's what I don't understand: Why do LP's so often have 22 frets and no trem except maybe an occasional bixby? Is there something about the aesthetic of Les Paul-style guitars that doesn't work well with these features? I don't have any personal basis to gauge the overall aesthetic, but it seems there is a certain "purist" or "classic" or "conservative" type of appeal (not meant to criticize this view in any way, just in the way an admirer of one style appreciates "perfection") Was Gibson just already offering the Les Paul and it was awesome enough and just mostly didn't bother to embrace the higher-frets/floating trem as they were introduced or didn't feel the need to improve on a classic? Is a whammy bar on a Les Paul just "wrong" somehow? Plus, I want to understand why ESP didn't offer a floyd rose option on their EC-407 "LP" style 7-string, and understand how the aesthetics of a LP body/build/tone style affect the demand for one. For example, since I own so many strat-style guitars, for me: I like that a strat-style body is "orderly" and neat around the rounded portion at the bottom, even somewhat reserved and conservative, while the contours are graceful and slick. Yet there are two giant horns up there. Some are rounded, like Fenders, and give that classic original "wild" look, while on other guitars the points get sharper in all sorts of inventive and unique ways and become more threatening and/or demonic. Also, in a way, a strat style body is like a flame; a rounded bottom with two lapping flames coming to a point at the top; the neck is almost like a 3rd, especially w/ a nice pointy headstock of some sort. Add 24 (or more) frets, whichever specific electronics configuration suits whatever I'm going for, and a floating trem - holy crap, a theme park just opened on my guitar, and at least on any GOOD strat/superstrat, the cutaway gives me access to the whole range of it. So anyway, if any of you Les Paul guys would like to share your perspective I'd love to hear these kinds of things that draw you toward playing Les Paul style body shapes/builds. I'm really starting to want one (a 7-string one) but I'd really like it to have a floating trem.