First Timer: Incoming 2002 R8 Bourbon Burst

Discussion in 'Historics & Reissues' started by Bad.Seed, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. Lebond

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    Beautiful guitar, the flame and colour look awesome! Enjoy :acoustic:
     
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  2. Bad.Seed

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    Delivery was rescheduled for tomorrow. I don't think I can handle this type of anticipation much longer.
     
  3. Bad.Seed

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    Just got it. I'm floored. This thing is unreal.

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  4. Lebond

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    Awesome looking guitar, how does she play/sound?
     
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  5. mudface

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    The R8 bug has bit, good luck.:thumb:
    Fantastic looking Les Paul.
     
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  6. Bad.Seed

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    I kind of always thought that the whole custom shop/reissue deal was hype, with all the nonsense you read on the internet, it's hard to know what to take seriously.

    With that said, this is hands down the best guitar I've ever played. Action is incredible, so low yet the guitar still sounds so full and lively. I'm not a fan of burstbuckers, but I'll be damned if this guitar doesn't sound great with them installed.

    I liked it so much that j reinstalled the burstbuckers 2 I had in my drawer into my 2003 classic. Not the same results. The R8 seems to have more fullness, yet is still a hair brighter, and seems to have more note articulation going on all at the same time. Hard to put into words, but I'm very much enjoying the guitar so far
     
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  7. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    Congrats! I played this guitar last July, it plays like a dream!
     
  8. dleake

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    Now that you've been bit by the Reissue bug, take your Traditionals, Standards and Classic and turn them in to one or two more Reissues. You'll be glad you did! (Or don't. Just saying what I'd do) :thumb:
     
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  9. Bad.Seed

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    I do love this reissue, but not quite enough to get rid of my other LP's for another reissue or two! Haha. Really, the only one of my Lp's I'd consider letting go at the moment is my 05 standard, and that's because it's a boat anchor.

    The thought crossed my mind, but my 2016 Traditionals are still phenominal guitars, and my 2013's aren't far behind.
     
  10. alnico59

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    Beautiful R8! Love that top.

    Btw the CSB LP in my avatar next to my 2014 R8 is a 2010 Traditional w/a 50's style neck. That guitar came to me a real looker with an incredible flame that pops when you're holding the guitar in the playing position. Home run. But the negative was it sounded like dog poo. Thin, overly bright, sterile and very strident.

    So in one shot I had a new bone nut installed, rewired the whole guitar with vintage style braid, replaced the caps with NOS Russian PIO, 50's wiring, Cream Tone aged nickel ABR1, light weight aluminum TP and hand wound A5 PAF replica's. I also replaced all the plastics with Cream Tone and obviously all the hardware is now nickel.

    It was a big gamble because I have 2k into that guitar now. But it is unreal how good it sounds after those changes. Tele on steroids all day. It definitely hangs with my other guitars which you can see in my sig.

    I know this is the Historic section, with all this Traditional talk sacrilegious. Lol! So I congratulate you on your new R8. But I get the whole hopped-up Traditional thing too.
     
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  11. Bad.Seed

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    I really don't have a bad thing to say about any of my Gibson USA guitars. I've had a couple stinkers in the past, but when they're good, they're damn good. And just like you, with a little love and knowing what they need, they can turn out AWESOME

    Spent some more time with the R8 last night, Scored a Marshall 1960TV cab to go with my Friedman JJ, and it just sounds excellent with the R8 pumping through it. Can't put this guitar down!
     
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    I thought a 2002 would have 57 Classics stock. Beautiful guitar BTW.
     
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  13. mfolet

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    That R8 and the JJ will be a killer combo. Nothing wrong with burstbuckers.I have a pair in one of my R8 and combined with my JJ it sounds huge.
     
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    There are gem and turd whether it's a reissue, standard or traditional. And it's good that you are able to find gems among the forests of guitars.

    Congrats on the beauty! And i bet it screams through the Friedman.
     
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  15. Bad.Seed

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    Because I'm obsessed, here's a photo of it hanging out last night. Love this guitar.
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  16. ClashCityRocker

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    Wow! The deep red around the edges and the top is killer!
     

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