Gibsons (specially Les Pauls) are EXTREMELY OVERPRICED.
Worst part is that you spend a couple grand in a Les Paul and you find yourself having to set up the instrument, it's not as simple as taking the guitar out of the case and play. Sure, they look cool and they have great sustain, but I find they're not worth that much (another consideration is the POOR neck/paddle construction, dropped the guitar? wave goodbye to the neck/paddle joint).
For that price you can get a Paul Reed Smith that's a superior guitar in every single way, really versatile, comfortable to play, beautiful design and you can tell they've been ANAL about the choice of materials and construction. Take it out of the case and it's all set up, tuned and ready to make it rock.
Anyway, choosing guitars just by brands it's absurd, always try them, despite their versatility, you'll find that one model will suit better what you want to play, and if you play different styles of music and you care about TONE, you'll realize why some musicians don't stick to one model/brand. I find a Strat beats the shit out of a Les Paul if you're playing funk, and the other way around if you're playing reggae or ska.
Don't use your eyes, USE YOUR EARS.