Timing is everything, and being there at the right time and right place allowed me purchase this beauty. Triple thanks to Vic DaPra for another great experience, speaking of Dealers that deal, Vic is one of the best!! :salude One of the 25 that Vic hand picked, the Bourbon Fade is a real nice deep red and the red is thicker around the edges, more than the usual bursting I have seen this year. 8lbs 12ozs of pure joy. The Flame and Grain are Killer on this guitar. All the same appointments as the 50th Anniversary model, that top carve is something else. Again, tune it up and play - that has been the one constant with the 50th R9s this year!! The neck is very close to the size of my other 50th Anniversary R9, but the fretboard is not dark at all like my other, actually a very interesting streaky look, very cool looking.