I think they're great guitars for the money. I love the Les Paul, and was raised to have mad respect for Gibson, and not just regarding guitars, but also their mandolins, banjos, etc. My brother has an ancient gibson amplifier, which has to be worth a fortune.
I often think the top of the line Epiphone Les Paul models, like the plus top pro, and the custom are every bit as good as the Gibson tributes and faded guitars. One has to decide what matters most to them, having Gibson on the Gibson headstock shape, or having some of the extra features the high end Epiphone's offer for comparable prices.
Of course, we all know there were years when there were a lot of reports about poor quality control at Gibson. I've not personally seen a Les Paul which I thought was subpar from the past decade, however, I've seen so many posts online, including photos of flaws, that I can't doubt that there were some issues here and there.
Myself, those minor cosmetic flaws wouldn't bother me at all were I buying a used guitar. They would definitely bother me were I buying a new one though.