1 JimmyR 2 months ago I recently bought a Les Paul which just arrived today. Without being too maudlin, I bought it to remember my dear old dad by. Dad passed away on New Year's eve 2018 after suffering a pretty nasty stroke on Boxing Day. Watching people die is hideous, but I had something to look forward to afterwards in a way - Dad and I had discussed a few times and he very much liked the idea that after he passed I would buy a "once in a lifetime" guitar with some of my small inheritance. Every time I play this guitar I will think of my wonderful Dad who was such a huge fan of music. My childhood was filled with Dad's jazz. He didn't play an instrument but ALWAYS had jazz playing around the house. In the past couple of years dementia robbed him of the ability to even use his CD player, but I made sure that Louis Armstrong was blasting away in Dad's last hours. Dad was a massive Louis fan. I like to think he could hear it as he went.So I bought a used (but basically brand new) 2018 1959 Les Paul. Not a cheap guitar but oh it could have been a lot worse! Not something I would have bought under any other circumstances but I have always liked them - especially in the VOS finish. It's strange getting used to playing Gibson PAFs again - my only other guitars for ages have been a Strat, a 6120 SSLVO and a P90 ES-225. They all twang like crazy. A Les Paul with PAFs kinda doesn't.The only guitar i have which is remotely similar is the first guitar I have bought in years, the Players' edition Jet. So interesting because on paper they are very similar - both have rosewood boards, mahogany bodies and necks with maple tops. Obviously the Jet is significantly chambered and the Les Paul is not but the weights aren't so different. The Les Paul is probably a pound heavier - light for a Les Paul at around 8 1/2.The necks are similar with the Jet's being slimmer. Both have ridiculously good actions and for me are quite low. The Jet may be slightly better. The Jet has an incredible "chunk" to it when played acoustically and this comes across when plugged in - while not as deep a sound as the LP it has more liveliness and twang. The treble strings are slightly thicker sounding on the Jet when plugged in too, so it's a pretty playable guitar. The Les Paul sounds as you would expect - sustain for days, a healthy cluck on the bridge pickup with gain and a slightly boomy but gorgeous neck pick up tone. I think the Jet has more detail and complexity to the sound where the LP is more brutal and wants to scream. Both guitars are outstanding.Is the Les Paul worth the more than double I paid for it (used)? Of course not. I got the Jet for under US$1800 brand new which is an absolute steal. For that kind of money it is outstanding. Better workmanship (but not by much), greater usability (for me) and simply beautiful tones. If I played what a lot of folks call "classic rock" then I would easily lean towards the Les Paul - it does "classic Rock" for breakfast. But the Gretsch has more personality and more scope for crafting glorious, shimmery, twangy yet still rock 'n' roll sounds and that is what I like to hear.Do I regret buying the Les Paul? Not for a second. It is so much fun to play and look at. And it is only here because of my Dad, and i will think of him every time I play it.