Sorry, guys. @no frills asked for it.
Inspired by your car shoot.
Interesting conversation in here and an excellent SD kop.
As for the old Les Paul argument, being in Nashville you sort of hear about this Gibson brand because their headquarters is here. Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO, states that those old Les Pauls would not even pass under today's stricter standards. They would be thrown to the scrap pile that they legitimately burn instead of repurpose. As for the sound, a very subjective topic, I would point to the famed Stradivarius violins that fetch millions. There have been tests done with people who have amazing insight into violins and their sounds and they cannot tell a Straivarius from other current top of the line violins.
As for service periods, I learned that Volkswagens love to eat oil so if you follow their service intervals, you are going to have car troubles. My car eats a quart of oil every 1,200 miles when some "spirited" driving occurs.
Not sure where you think I said one has to stick to the manufacturer's recommended service schedule. In fact I said the opposite. Maybe its time for new reading glasses?
All that matters that you are happy with them.