That's a really good point. I didn't even think of that nor did I see the clouding on the finish. I'm trying to be patient but I'm gigging again and I don't feel comfortable playing my LP on stage
There are a few sweet looking '13-'14 models within your budget on Reverb.
I agree a DGT could serve you well, especially if you like having the dual volume controls.
I totally get it with your LP. The other guitarist in my band had an LP that made his left arm go numb!