Best Year(s) for a R9 Les Paul

Discussion in 'Historics & Reissues' started by Custom53, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Custom53

    Custom53 Senior Member

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    I know this has been asked a thousand times, but I can't find it...

    Any suggestions...? And why...?
     
  2. Sum1 Else

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    How about an original vintage 1959.

    It's about as good as it gets.
     
  3. Custom53

    Custom53 Senior Member

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    I meant a Re-issue (R9)
     
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    illiniknick Senior Member

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    Everyone's gonna say that there's so many made each year that there are no "good" and "bad" years, even for custom shop R9s. However, my unbiased observations (based on reading posts in this forum) lead me to believe 2003 was a good year.
     
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  5. Sum1 Else

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    O.K., Historic's

    I like the 2009 to current ones. Different dealers has different limited runs and of course the stock ones from Gibson.

    Starting in 2009, there was about 20 something improvements done.

    I have had just about every year made of the Historic's.

    Not counting my 2006 HM Real Deal makeover, favorite is a 2011 B.O.T.B. one from GC

    You will get about one hundred different answers, because the best year
    will be what you like. That is all that matters.
     
  6. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    I'll agree with the "new" guy above that the 2009+ Historics have a number of improvements over previous years. Then again, fretboard material and nitro composition are argued to have been better in earlier years.

    I think I once heard a guy here say that 2001 R8s are ok. I can't recall where I heard that? hmmmmmmmmm :dunno:
     
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    Yah, Seems I heard that also.

    Also heard that was the worst year and they are a dime a dozen. LOL

    And the aged ones suck.
     
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    Razz11 Senior Member

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    Easy. Whichever ones I own.:naughty:
     
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    I like 2001 & 2007. 2009 is pretty good as well.

    Obviously 2003 with BRW is sought after.

    This is based on my collection & what I have played so I cannot be 100% accurate. :)
     
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    GuitarGuy503 Senior Member

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    As said in all of these types of threads there are bad guitars and good guitars from every year. IMO unless you are someone that has worked for the Gibson Custom Shop since day one in 1993 there won't be much accuracy in what is said about this topic. You'd have to handle 100s of CS guitars every year to even have a clue about consistency in regards to good years. Since most people here don't even work for Gibson nor are even a dealer your gonna get favoritism in the years people own.
     
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    This is what I'm saying right here. People judge by what they own and the RIs they have been able to get their hands on. Having said that, the info has no base of accuracy. It's favoritism of what people own and limited experience of certain years and most likely no experience of some years.
     
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    Wow. I not buying anymore now. First it was the raid, now

    my feelings are hurt, because mine is not accurate and Gibson lied.
     
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    Okay, some of these years are more "correct" than others, but 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2009.

    If I could cherrypick the
    nitro from the 99, the braz from the 03 (well some of them), the top from 07 and all the updates and the color from 09.
     
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    1994 1995 2002 and 2009
     
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    It's the forum way! Anyone who doesn't realize that doesn't belong on a forum. :)

    If I bought new, I'd be getting a 2011 Wildwood-spec R9. Wildwood's very demanding of Gibson, and gets the details (and creative, non-authentic colors), right, IMO.

    Other than that, 2004, of course, 'cause that's what I own (though it's an R8). :thumb:
     
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    :lol:
     
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    This thread may be worth a sticky since it is asked so much. And since the answer never changes.... :)
     
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    1998 and 2003 would be the two years I'd try to acquire first. And I agree about the recent ones...very good instruments indeed.
     
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    none...


    they are still making them.
     
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