I have been eying a Les Paul Traditional Goldtop (my pick for the best looking Les Paul finish) at a local shop for quite a while and decided to go for it today. I had the intention of waiting for one of the new standards, and did spend some time on a 2012 Standard, the neck size and compound radius weren't for me so i passed and went for the traditional.
It is a 2011 model a little heavier (9.6 pounds) than I usually go for but this guitar sounds amazing acoustically in spite of the weight. I love the the neck. The back is 2 pieces that line up nicely there is some flame in the mahogany on the neck which looks nice. The 57 Classics are nice and smooth but maybe a little dull sounding. I am going to play around with the heights for a while.
Here are some photos.