Originally Posted by FUS44
Each of the R flavors kinda hits a price point. Since '59 is generally regarded as "the year", they charge a premium for the flame top and the '59 association. I think the R0 is at the higher end with the '59 because they have a flame top(generally) and are produced in fewer numbers(it seems). The 57GT, 58PT and G0's are the entry level point(as far as humbuckered LP's).
The old figured top 58's and the new CR8's are kind of anomalies. They fall in between the two prices.
Why do we pay it? I got my CR8 at a good price. I rolled the dice, buying without playing. I bought it knowing that the top alone though would help resell it if I didn't like it. Now, you'd have to pry it form cold, dead hands.
If you bought your LP as an investmnt piece you'll be on the losing end Im afraid, as long as Gibson is a company these guitars will be produced there is nothing really special about them (you could come out better investing your money in a CD at the bank) As far as 57GT, 58PT, G0s being entry level LPs they are no different from a 59 RI there all made from the same wood sources except for the flamed top. They only make what the market will stand, a player doesnt really care if its a flame or a plain as long as it has the tone. So I hope you play your new LP and not let it collect dust. Because the market is way overloaded on recent RIs with people trying to make a dollar that they cant. Flames are way over rated unless you just like to look a them.