1997 vs 2014 vs 2017 R8

Discussion in 'Historics & Reissues' started by Ericatunc, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. praga37

    praga37 Junior Member

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    My 2006 R8 plain top is as good as I would wish for. Sustains forever and a perfect fifties neck. 9.25 lbs of total bliss really. :)
     
  2. Travis19

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    Nice pick. Congrats. I'm looking forward to seeing your NGD thread & pics.
     
  3. GermHerm

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    Nice pick, optically. Congrats. I wonder how the sound is? Usually 'power players' have more dings and dongs. Interesting enough I would have bought no. 3 (2017). All the best, have fun.
     
  4. Sct13

    Sct13 Gold Supporter Premium Member

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    oooooo I saw that one....Nice!

    I probably would have picked that one too....
     
  5. Nippon

    Nippon Insert Kanji here... Premium Member

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    You want to be able to give it abuse. Buy a HSS Strat.
     
  6. gdx65

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    Hi, I am looking right now at a Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop 1958 reissue - 2011 in tobacco burst. The seller hardly used it. How is the guitar in general and neck of these? I understood from the seller that the neck is not fat but rounded but not as s lim as the R9 neck (I have a 2011 1960 LP and a 2017 T also with slim neck). Thanks
     
  7. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    2011 R8 !!
    Buy without hesitation then we can talk :thumb:
     
  8. Ericatunc

    Ericatunc Gold Supporter

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    The neck on my 97 R8 is chunky, largest I've played. I've started to develop a little pain in my fretting hand after playing, and it's all because I strangle the neck. I guess at least now I have a queue as to when I'm gripping too hard and need to lighten up.

    Eric
     
  9. jamman

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    Good Score OP:cool2: . I'd pick a 90's, over any new 1 today . But much depends on your playing style . The 90's Gibson have bigger frets in them and that makes for easier string bends . and playing in general ... The type of Music you play comes into focus at that point .
    The New LP's are very nice , but imo . all thing considered , I like the 90's Versions more ... Real Mahogany vs. Stuff from Fiji :laugh2: , Better Fret Boards ,. Sweeter looking Maple tops (in general) More hand built Gibson's .... Plek'ing is not the end all be all either ... IMO the Pups are much better then the New CB'ers ... Some are OK , but none have done much for me ... You might want/need to swap the Harness out of the 90's LP .


    I'd change the CAPS and see how that worked 1st.
     
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    Agreed. I love those '90s Rs for all the reasons you cite, except maybe the part about the pickups. But to me, dialing the sound of a guitar is half the fun of ownership. I love experimenting with pickups, wiring, pots to get the sound I like.
     
  11. gdx65

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    Just a follow up on that Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop 1958 reissue - 2011 in tobacco burst. Ended up to pull the trigger as we agreed on a final price (in USD around 2400). Now left it at a friend luthier to remove the DNA and do a fret level and polishing. I can do all this but just have no time now.
    I was surprised how the 58 neck is just fine for me. I will definitely look after one LP with the 59/60 neck but this 58 is just fine. Very good sustain and tone. My friend luthier confirmed that this is well build LP. One modification he will do is the bridge pickup ring, just too high the standard one, he will lower the ring (file the side in contact with the LP body) to lower the bridge pickup so it goes in the proper position. We have compared this with other R8s and all have the bridge pickup ring too high. This will allow a proper low action setup. By the way anyone found that the bridge pickup is too high?
     

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