Originally Posted by BillB1960
There are no serial numbers starting with the letter "R". All of the serial numbers start with the last number of the year the original guitar was produced. The "R" stands for Reissue as in Historic Reissue and is generally used mostly by internet forums.
strange! I was so sure that i have seen pictures of the SN starting with an R but looking it up now, i can not find one of it so you should be right.
On the Gibson website guitars are named differently. There are 1959 Les Paul Reissues and 1959 Les Paul Standard VOS without saying reissue. Are those both called R9?