This is good advice. I'd only add that Les Paul studios are also on the more affordable side and sound exactly like their more expensive alternatives. They save a lot of money by not having any body/neck binding, AAA/AAAA tops or headstock inlays. (Just be careful not to knock it around or you'll find out what binding is for pretty quick.)For an affordable Gibson style guitar just get an Epiphone. Epiphone makes tons of variations of Les Pauls and SGs at good prices if those are more your style.
They're between $1000-$1400 new, but I think it's worth it. I have a friend with a 2020 LP studio and it's a screamer. They even have the modern weight relief chambering so they're only about 8 lbs, which is nice as well.