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Had a '72 Ventura with a bolt on neck that wasn't horrible. I always thought the 70s lawsuit Ibanez models sounded best and they certainly kept their value, the Tokais were pretty good too, as were the Electras. Today, Gibson has done a pretty good job keeping their Epiphone models impressive. I've bought the 100th anniversary model in cherry and recently purchased the TV Special 'inspired by Gibson.' They're not my Custom Shop 57 reissue Black Beauty, but the quality control is good and I see a lot of players out with them rather than dragging a $3000-$4000+ guitar that may get up walk away between sets. After all, when you close your eyes, all you are left with is sound... and if it puts food on the table, it's good.
Had this "Traditional" custom built a few years ago. Got to pick the wood (40 year-old mahogany), pick all the attributes, and watch it get built. It sounds lovely with Kinman P-90's in it. My only complaint is that it weighs 10.6 pounds, but is balanced so well it is not too much of an inconvenience.
Best I've come across are the UK made Stigg Les Pauls. They sound and play like originals.
I have two Stiggs. Fantastic instruments!
And for the record I have an original '59 and have owned other originals in the past.