Fair Price for a Les Paul CR8?

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  1. RocknPop

    RocknPop Member

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    Hi guys, I'm searching for an R8 and came across a CR8 lemon burst with light figuring with replaced pickups. What would be a fair price for these?

    I've seen the R8s go for $2,400-$2,800 in private sales and $2,900 - $3,300 sold by dealers (used).

    Would the CR8 be more expensive or the same price?
     
  2. FUS44

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    They are more limited than most R's and there is still the curiosity factor (as well as the fact that they are great guitars) which helps to keep prices a little higher. The figured tops go for $2800-$3500(and people ask for more $3750-ish). I have a CR8 from the first run that has a flame top (only a few of the originals had stripes....) and I'd start the bidding at $3500 and wouldn't take less than $3150 shipped. But I'm not sellin' this one.
     
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  3. Sct13

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    more, just like he said, they are more limited and have killer tops.
     
  4. bigsnaketex

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    I paid $2800 for the last one I bought. I've seen them between $2600 and $3400 in the last month.

    The more flame, the higher the price.
     
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  5. RAG7890

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    Based on the four that I have owned & the many I have seen.............~ $3,000 - $3,500 depending on a number of things like upgrades, tops, year etc.

    All of mine sold for $3,250 - $3,350.

    FWIW, great guitars IMHO...............certainly worth looking at.

    Apart from an ES335, probably the only Reissue I'd consider getting...........................if it were a good one.

    :cheers:
     
  6. Marshallow

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    Agreed, about $3200 seems fair. Got me an old CR7 for $2k and it sounds amazing. Try to find a 2006/2007. Bought a couple of CR8s from 2010 or 2011 and wasn't impressed.
     
  7. dogdew

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    Ok, pardon me guys, what do the letters CR abbreviate?
    Thanks!
     
  8. FUS44

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    Build quality, sound, feel? Just curious. I've found some really good guitars from '11 especially. The tops on the '11's were "11's" for the most part. My Cr8 is an 04 though.
     
  9. Sct13

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    CR= Chambered Reissue :)
     
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    Ok that makes sense and answers a question that I've had for ever now.
    Thanks!! :)
     
  11. RAG7890

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    My as well post this again for those that are not familiar with how the internals of a CR / Cloud 9 look. :)

    From memory Cloud 9 was from 2004 - 2006 with CR being 2007 onwards.

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  12. Marshallow

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    Build quality is always good at the CS except for the pots which have varied a lot since 2009. It's just the tone that didn't impress me, while I've never played a bad '06 or '07. It's all down to the wood used each year.
     
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  13. mfolet

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    Once you get one in your hands it is priceless.
     
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    [​IMG]

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    ...chambering with the back covers removed...
     
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  15. FUS44

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    check out this bit of Gibson handiwork. Looks like the ridge of the control cavity split and was re-glued. Not enough to trash a limited run guitar, but reminds me of some of the shims etc. found on 58-60 LP's.
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    8 4033 to the right.

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    I've got an all original CR58 light flame, 2007, 7lbs 15oz, all case candy, coa. $3450 shipped
    Pm if interested
    Larry
     
  17. bigsnaketex

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    Never mind the price. . .the point is that the CR's are amazing guitars! Traditionalists may not like them because they are not the "real thing" but the fact is that mine weighs in at 7lbs 2oz, has some amazing overtones and is a joy to play. I have "regular" reissues and the CR is my favorite simply because I think it sounds better.

    I truly believe they are the best kept secret in the Les Paul arsenal. I hope they stay cheap!!
     
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  18. Sct13

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    I was a traditionalist . Now i'm a believer.... they do sound good.
     
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  19. bigsnaketex

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    I do think that the "chambering" causes overtones in the guitar. . . .much like a 335.

    And whatever "magic" there is in that, it comes out in spades in a CR8.

    Plus they put absolutely amazing tops on those guitars!!

    Luckily for those of us that chase tone, anything outside of the traditional Les Paul design (historic) is frowned upon and therefore the price is reflective of that.

    It's crazy to me that an R9 costs $1800 more than an R8 when I see tops on the R8's that rival those on an R9.

    Same deal with the CR's. . . .it makes no sense, therefore it's the "Gibson Way"!!
     
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  20. Sct13

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    I am actually thinking of getting another one, and there is NO tone loss. :)
     
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