please give me advice/views on epi lp


I'm sure u this topic sounds familiar, but i need some answers regarding epiphone les paul.

I have been playing 10 months and have cheapo fender strat copy, I have grown particularly fond of the epi lp's whilst thinking about a new g-tar.

knowing what epi lp to choose has become a head ache.!

The two models i am disputing on is the lp standard PLUS and the custom.

I would appreciate it if anyone could give honest views or advice on the DIFFERENCES between the custom and the standard,(apart from gold finish) and how the standard plays in particular (forgetting about the real gib, i am only interested in how the epi is as a guitar and not comparing them to the gib)

I play alot of rock (hard and alternative) and bluesy stuff
Is the epiphone les paul standard plus better than the standard?or custom?

THankyou for any replys