I too was recently playing my Les Paul which I hadn't played in a long time. My experience was the opposite. There are things I don't like about the Les Paul, like the sharp, pointy bridge (could get used to it I guess) the finish on the back of the neck is kind of sticky, no locking nut, ergonomically incorrect body, etc. But I found string bending easier. I've always had trouble nailing, for instance, the bends on the low E-string with that pinch harmonic a la Zakk Wylde in Crazy Babies, and while I still couldn't really nail it to my satisfaction on the Les Paul, it certainly seemed a little easier than on my RGs. I found myself wishing I had a 24.75 inch RG, just to see what it'd be like.