Isnt a Les Paul Studio even CHEAPER than an S2? AND it's made in the USA. Workmanship is good on the ones I've seen and tried. The Koreans DO do a great job on the S2 and SE lines though. The Bernie Marsden SE (as was mentioned earlier) gets pretty Les Paul-ish and it IS less than a LP Studio. The SE build quality is imho the same (awesome) as the S2s. But yeah, there are several American made Gibson Les Paul models that sell for the same or less than the S2s. NOT saying that the S2s arent great...any PRS is AWESOME...but a PRS is not a Les Paul and it's more than just the pickups that make the gibby sound so fat. A lot of people will tell you that it has a lot to do with the neck and...I tend to agree. I dont like beefy necks but... In the end though, DO try the Bernie. Good Luck.