I just purchased a 2016 R8. The instrument is a complete disappointment. Due to illness I am not able to drive or walk. This makes getting the instrument to a luthier close to impossible. Out of necessity I have learned with reasonable success to set up a Les Paul. The finish (VOS) is marvelous as is the build quality but this instrument is very close to going up in flames. Thanks for listening. From now on it's Ernie Ball and Fender.