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These reissues differ from the original run of Gospels. The original Gospels have laminated maple sides and arched back. The reissues have solid mahogany sides and a laminated arched mahogany back. Extremely well balanced sound. Just the right amount of both highs and lows. Usually a good buy because Gibson "purists" don't like laminates....even though a few classic Gibson models do have laminated sides or backs.
The reissues of were a pet project of the head of the Bozeman plant in the mid 90's.