Les Paul alternative......
So here's the deal guys. About a year ago I bought a Les Paul Studio deluxe, sunburst, no binding or pickguard, and coil-tapped. I changed the bridge pickup to a JB, and really enjoy the sound. The thing is, I have never fallen in love with this guitar like I thought I would. This was to be my main ax, the one that I would keep forever, but i find it sits in the case more often than naught.
The main problem I have is the heel. I do not have huge hands, so playing past the 14th or 15th fret is near impossible. The other thing, and this may sound kinda silly, is that its just too preatty. I find that I'm constantly wiping finger prints off of it and trying to maintain its original sheen. Finally i've never got the action to feel just right. Its either too high and cumbersome to play, or too low and buzzes everywhere.
So I need some ideas for a replacement. Have tried some SG's and like the sound and feel, except for the super thick neck. I also really enjoyed the Music Man Reflex, but I cannot afford the price tag right now.