Guitarists cried out and so they brought back the original design.
I think that comment says alot of things about the Les Paul. Even though Gibson tried to "better" the guitar with the SG (which, for the record, I hate,but that's my own preference), people really DID like the Les Paul, as it WAS. I think that still hold true, today.
When it comes down to it the sound can be (and is) replicated by many modern guitars that are much lighter and easier to play.
I.i.i.i.i.i.i.i.m.m.m.m.m.m not really sold on that. I mean, I've owned tons of guitars (God bless my wife! She's been SO patient during my moments of extreme GAS!) in the past 27 years, and not many did the Les Paul "thing" as well as THE Les Paul. My Hamer SATF came pretty close, but at the end of the day, it was essentially trying to be a Les Paul Double Cut (Still, it WAS a great guitar. Sorry I sold it.........but that's another story...) It's a combination of the heft of the guitar, the set neck, the Gibson pickups, and so on. Don't get me wrong, I've more than played my share of LPs that felt and sounded like ASS (Most of them, in the past several years!). However, guitar-shape fad have come and gone, but a good Les Paul, in my eyes (and ears) will always be timeless.