Why all of the Anti-Gibson Hate (Hate of those hating at Gibson)? What is at the root of this? I ackknowledge a lot of pro Gibson stuff - on the rare occasion it happens.
I think the 490/498 set is much maligned. I think pancakes, short tenons, and chambers are all okee dokee. Yada yada. I acknowledge there is certainly price jealousy.
But really - why the unbelievable love of the things they do? Why are you staunchly defending them. Just representing the alternate hypothesis? what is up?