tom is the gen 1 the bulkier one that has the real latches? that would be my fave too. although mine the big plastic 'gibson' logo fell off.While I keep the original cases for my vintage Les Pauls, I never keep the guitars in them. Not protective enough. Late 70's Gibson [Gen 1] Protector cases are still my favorite.
theres a guy online that sells the plastic latches that always break on the later ones, i need a few need to find him again. i have a couple of those cases where people added latches from a hardware store after the plastic ones broke. that was a weak point but other than that those were great cases. didnt they run over one with a truck in the add for them?
reminds me though one time my brother let his girlfriend drive his 53 chevy pickup when they were going to a gig she wrecked totaled the truck his 55 junior flew 200 feet in a protector case. they got a ride and got to the gig he started tuning and the neck at the headstock was broken. he didnt know how because the guitar fit so snug in the case. it was a drag. he hotrodded it with 2 humbuckers a khaler and grovers, all gold hardware. still has it. (he isnt known for always doing what other folks deem as the right thing to do). i actually love that thing hot rodded