2018 LP R9: First Impressions

Discussion in 'Historics & Reissues' started by stormyLP42, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. Duane_the_tub

    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    Just gorgeous, congrats. As far as those "flaws" go, I'll defer to the wisdom of one of rock's most esteemed Burst players:

    "Well that's just nitpicking, idnit?" - NT
     
  2. noisemaker

    noisemaker Senior Member

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    This vintage cherry burst looks almost like the perfect bourbon burst. Very beautiful.
     
  3. JUNAE9

    JUNAE9 Senior Member

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    Friend, what frets are you using (exact measurements) in your Gibson Historic 2018?
     
  4. Pesh

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    Small flaws aside, this looks to be a fantastic reissue model - that finish is wonderful, and I'm glad you've got one that sings and plays that's in tune with you. Enjoy, and congratulations!
     
  5. cnote

    cnote Premium Member

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    Vintage Gibsons were often quirky and had issues too. One very old luthier I know became an expert with finishes on old bursts and ES guitars because he had to relocate so many bridges back in the 60s to get proper intonation (this is why Gibson went to the "foolproof" Nashville bridge), and bridge posts were not always installed perfectly vertical. I figure if it sounds great and plays great, the issues are not really issues. A good number have had their fingerboards planed too in order to address action and playability.
     
  6. Tonefishin

    Tonefishin Junior Member

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    Hand made beauty. Enjoy it! Hope they're around for many more.
     
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  7. landguitar

    landguitar Silver Supporter

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    it's a Reissue. I'd have to look really hard to notice the inlay, and I have a 2004 '59 RI aged that looks similar - but Murphy aged - and the fingerboard binding bleeds all over - I think it's "period correct"! It also plays like a dream and sounds just like the best Les Paul I have ever heard...
    Happy NGD!!!
     
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  8. Gas4LPs

    Gas4LPs Junior Member

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    Love it. Congrats!!
     
  9. lassie

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    The cherry burst on this one looks great! HNGD!
    But I tend to dislike the other color options they introduced. The colors alone are good but the fades are hit and miss at best. Most of them look just wrong and not like a faded burst at all.
     
  10. stormyLP42

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    I agree. I like the other color options but the fade gets me. The royal teaburst looks killer if they do the fade right, but I've seen a few that were just off... I'm loving the vintage cherry, looks almost bourbon in some lights, very cherry in others. Its a very dynamic yet classic looking finish.
     
  11. lpthomas

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    I might just be me but doesn’t the new Vintage Cherry look different to the True Historic Vintage Cherry, which — as far as I see it — was darker at the outer rim. Nearly a three-color burst. Now it’s more like a two-tone thing.
     
  12. stormyLP42

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    It depends on the lighting. Here is mine. You can see how its darker at the edges, lightens as it move in, and then the amber middle. I think it is pretty close to the TH vintage cherry. I have seen some 2018 in VCS that did look more two-toned. I think it just depends on the paint job. 2018cherry59GibsonPic2.jpg
     
  13. lpthomas

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    WOW! This is exactly what I would want! Thanks for taking the time to upload the additional picture. That really helps to put it in perspective.

    I see: My suspicion about the color probably came from ignorance. I have not seen more than 5 Vintage Cherry 2018s.
     
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  14. stormyLP42

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    Here are a couple more to illustrate how lighting can affect how the guitar looks. The one currently up on MGL looks more two-toned, so it does seem that it's going to vary from guitar to guitar.

    r9_sun.JPG r9_inside.JPG
     
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  15. Kingdom of Nye

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    Is one of the tuner bushings a different color from the rest?
     
  16. stormyLP42

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    It has some rust from the VOS. It shows a lot more in the photos due to the flash. Isn't as noticeable in person.
     
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  17. Kingdom of Nye

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    I'm colorblind, just making sure my eyes are workin
     
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    I bought this R0 a few months back.
    What a great guitar, light under 8 pounds,
    Got no complaints.
     
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    NO THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE! PRS has flaws too! LOL. Nice guitar OP! Great color, and the "flaws" seem like nothing that will have any impact on playability.
     

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