Yay! We have a Gibson guy on the thread. That's the great thing about guitars... they are different. And that's ok, because people play differently, have different ears and various desires for an instrument. There are many different formulas of wood and construction that can equate to a great guitar. For example, I have played a few McPhersen guitars, and looked at probably half a dozen. They are some of the best made guitars I have seen. They are stunning in their craftsmanship, in the set up, and in the selection of woods used as well. With all that said, if you took a longtime Martin Dreadnaught player and handed them one of the McPhersens I have played, I suspect that many wouldn't even like it. McPhersens (in my limited experience) have a beautiful sound, but it is quite different than a vintage dread. Better or worse? I can't say. They are just different.
Bulldog, did you get a chance to try out that AJ?