I'm considering getting an Epiphone Les Paul Standard, tried one out in Guitar Center and I'm sure it's what I want. But as far a finish goes, should I get a plain top, or a plus top blemished item?
You can't go too wrong. Just go for the one that's more appealing. Make sure you try them out thoroughly before you buy because there's a lot of variation from individual guitar to individual guitar.
thats a personal preference you need to decide
It doesn't really matter, they are the same concerning tone and feel.