when i was after my first guitar i played about on a load of shitty strat and les paul copies (ended up buying the strat copy because i had NO money and it came with a practice amp) but the fat badass sound the les pauls made were for me. I then got really into zep and free (LPs...) and by the time i got good enough and made enough money for a guitar, i was set on one. I went to the store and tried out pretty much EVERY guitar they had that cost similar to the LP standard, a load of fenders, PRS and all the other gibsons. I must have played every les paul they had and they just sounded and felt so much better than everything else. Just so much balls.