So, I sold my Heritage H-157 awhile back because the damn thing was an 11 lb. boat anchor that killed my back, and a zillion pickup changes never got it where I wanted to be.
Nevertheless, I've been wanting a "metal Les Paul" lately, and I found this sucker on Reverb for a ridiculous price ($465.00):
It's a 2017 ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM, Korean-made. Basically, it's the full-thickness version of the Eclipse with an ebony board, locking tuners and EMG 81/60 combo. This one has everything an LPC does except for MOP inlays. It's not chambered and comes in at about 9 lbs. I believe the top is mahogany rather than maple (like the original 1950s LPCs).
The current model of this is the EC-1001T/CTM, but they moved production to Indonesia. The new ones have chambered bodies, maple tops and EMG 57/66 in place of the 81/60.
I was all prepared to switch the pickups to 57/66, but doing a comparison with another guitar I have with the 57/66 combo, I find that the 81/60 really is a better sounding combo. The output on the 57/66 is way too hot, and they just seem to be mud no matter what (or kind of dull if you really cut the amp gain).
I'm tracking a bunch of metal right now, and the 81 just seems to work right for what I'm doing. Leave it to me to go to EMGs when everyone else here seems to be moving to old man PAFs.
The workmanship on this is really good. I've been hesitant about buying LTDs over the years, but this one is a killer guitar.