It depends why you find it bad to play Dave. If it really is just the neck that you don't
like, then a replacement is by far the easiest and best option.
Warmoth have a
shed load of Variax options. And here's a couple of links to Variax 300 transplants. One
is a custom
and the other is a guy who has three conversions.
The Les Paul is a Vintage, and another is a
Pacifica. They do give you a clear idea what is involved in a conversion.
Largely, but not entirely, dysfunctional.