Well, as a result of some hard landscaping work for a music shop owner, I contra'd about 3/4 of this new 2012 Les Paul Traditional plus top. The rest I paid and took home a great guitar. It weighs 9lbs 2oz
As a bonus it has a 1-piece back
As a lefty it is hard to get multiple guitars in to try (especially in Australia), but the Gibson rep stopped by the shop and I downed tools for the arvo to test out 3 beauties:
2012 Studio in vintage sunburst
2012 Standard in lightburst
2012 Trad plus that I bought.
The Studio probably had the best acoustic tone of the 3, and had a fatter 60's neck than the one on my 60's tribute LP Great looking guitar, and it has a funky paintjob on the sides/back with the dark parts of the burst.
The Standard was ok, but didn't seem extra special. It was a smooth guitar, but it just didn't grab me.
The Trad seemed the dullest to strum initially, but it had the best amplified tone. It also has a really nice piece of rosewood for the fretboard. It has good colour, even looking pores and is really smooth.
I'd have to say, that for a guitar out of the box this is PERFECT. The action was spot-on for height (and I like it medium-low), there's no fret buzz, no dead spots and the guitar feel like I've been playing it and tweaking it to my liking for months. Say what you will about plek, when they get it right it is incredible.
I'm even liking the stock '57/'57+ pickups. They have a reputation for muddiness, but I'm seeing none of that, even with the modern wiring and stock 300k pots.