There is this vintage cherry mahogany Gibson Les Paul w/Burstbuckers you can get for around $800. Almost no finish on the thing, and it looks like you need to clean it with furniture polish! Looks very nice, in its way. I ordered me one, and am awaiting its arrival.
Never played a Gibson before and my Epi has EMGs. Should I hope for a good result with the above guitar, do you figure? I see that people are a bit reserved in their praise for Burstbuckers.