This will sound silly to some, but I've always desired a heritage cherry burst Les Paul. In a moment of bourbon-influenced madness the other week, I bought one of those body/neck combos from The Stratosphere. It's a 2019 Gibson Les Paul Classic. Seven and a half pounds in weight. Comes with the truss rod cover and the cavity covers. I realize it costs just as much (if not more) to replace all the parts taken off but it appealed to me as there are several parts of the original I didn't care for. I don't like the Burstbuster pickups for one, I don't like the super complex internal control setup with push pull everything doing this that and the other. I also didn't like the 'bean' tuners these came with. So I've ordered a pair of 61 Gibson humbuckers, a fairly cheap bridge and tailpiece for now and some keystone Grovers. A simple CTS 500K set of pots and orange drop caps will get me going. I've often wondered what the criteria of a place like The Stratosphere is for selecting models to strip dow. They have a boatload of 2014s on their site and I didn't want one of those. Well, just for grins I used my fret rocker set to look for high frets and to my dismay I found several. I taped up the fretboard and discovered the top four frets (19-22) were quite a bit higher than the rest of the board. So I'm guessing this came from the factory fretting out pretty badly. I also have to say that this is some rough rosewood. It was dry as a bone of course but even after oiling I'm going to have to try and polish it a little with #0000 steel wool.