Originally Posted by Sharky
Is the Date Of Manufacturing noted in the COA or written on any hangtags or maybe even stamped into the backside of the headstock as ist is on newer guitars like the studio tributes?
Originally Posted by b3john
R8 = '58 Historic Reissue Les Paul
R9 = '59 Historic Reissue Les Paul
R0 = '60 Historic Reissue Les Paul
The R9 is the reissue considered by many to be the holy grail.
Read this thread started by R9, specifically the first post: Gibson Les Paul 101
I'll add to this that the serial number on the headstock for these reissues will be <reissue year><last digit of year of manufacture>XXXX
There shouldn't be an "R" in the serial number.
So for example an R9 made in 2010 will be 90XXXX and an R8 made in 2009 will be 89XXXX.