Edwards (ESP) make a series of Les Paul copies that are reviewed “as good as the real thing” falling between the standard and the special in sound and finish quality and quite a few state they have more sustain (indicating better neck joins). I’ve put a low bid on a cherry sunburst instrument on eBay. Will see how it goes. Am tempted by an older instrument that is listed as weighing 4.8kgs! 10lbs of mahogany guitar! Might be dead sounding though on top of being heavy. Shall see how this pans out.