The Lizard is a 1972 Gold Top that someone butchered up and put humbuckers in. A friend of mine at a music store restored it to close to new conditions a few years ago. The story on the Lizard is the music store my buddy worked in had an iguana that just lounged around the store. You would lean up against the counter and all of the sudden realize there was a 4 ft lizard looking at you. Scared the hell out of my kids at the time. Anyway they had a guy who paints cars paint the lizard on the guitar. The lizard has died at this point and the last time I saw the store owner he asked if I would sell the guitar back. I dont hardly ever use this guitar cause the big single P-90 pickups are just too noisy for the way I set the gain up on my amps. Occasionally I get my old Sunn Amp out and hook this guitar thru a tube screamer, it gets those AC/DC rythym sounds and also that Leslie West Miss Queen sound. Its a heavy guitar! But the neck plays like butter.
The cherry sunburst is a 1960 Classic Reissue. This has been my go to guitar for years. I bought it in 92 when I was playing a couple of nights a week. I imagine it has around 500 gigs on it. I love it, it has a very slim neck at the 1st position and is slim all the way to the butt of the guitar body. It has very hot pickups. This is a very ballsy sounding guitar. Most people that own these Im told change the pickups to something a little more mellow and with a smoother taper. I like the way it can slam the preamp of and amp. This guitar taught me how to roll off the control knobs and use the guitar for the tone. I played Strats before I had this one and I would just basically turn them all the way up. This guitar taught me moderation. The original Page replicas are basically this guitar with push pull pots on the controls to coil tap the pickups and put them out of phase. I really wanted the Page guitar but even I couldnt justify the price they asked for those. Looking at their values now I kinda wish I had bit the bullet on those.
The black Les Paul is an 04 model 1960 Classic Reissue. Should be just like the other one but its not. I feel the quaility on this guitars build is not as good as the other one. Also the necks are totally different. This guitars neck is thicker and wider feeling in the 1st position. It plays good and is fast but there is a huge difference to me in the feel of the neck. I took a chance and bought this guitar sight unseen off of e-bay. I got lucky, a pawnshop had it and the pictures made it look horrible. I took it apart, cleaned and polished it, had a friend set the neck, I cant stand the sound of adjusting a truss rod, and it plays great. I am planning on useing this as my main live guitar and probably leave the cherry Paul at home. I have a black Strat, so I will have a couple of Black guitars to play. I guess you could say Im back in black.