My dad used to have a '56 TV Special, one of the first '59 Pre-issues (from Strings N Things), a '73 Black Beauty, a Goldtop with P90s (can't remember which year), and one more (I think a Junior). Of course, even back in the 60s and 70s there was GAS, so he traded a lot of them to get other stuff (such as the 68 Paisley Tele, which was also sold at one point
But he wants a Les Paul again, and I want one too, so maybe we'll get one in the near future. There a lot of good-condition, used 90s Standards out there. That seems to be our best bet. Of course, we try to play before we buy, because some of them have been duds (such as the $5000 VOS we played the other day), just like any other guitar.
Then again, nothing is good around here unless it is neon pink (or green or yello), swirled, has 24 frets, and Dimarzios.
elCid, those are some really cool looking LPs.