This is one that I really thought might stay with me forever, but I recently got another Historic Makeover and have made the agonizing decision to move this along to a new owner. I got this great guitar from our own @Chef Greg back in 2014 and it originally came from from Mark's Guitar Loft. On paper, it doesn't sound all that glamorous as a 2011 R8, but it actually has more of a story than that. These have a bit of a cult following and many of you on this forum may be familiar with what this is, so if you are, you can skip to the next paragraph for more info on this particular guitar (changed parts, condition, etc.). Prior to this guitar being made, the Custom Shop was making the Don Felder signature R9 Les Pauls that were meant to replicate Felder's 'Burst that he used to record "Hotel California" among other Eagles' songs. After some time, they decided to end the run early, even though more guitars were already in production. This is one of those guitars. Gibson painted a stinger over the back of the headstock to hide the Felder signature serial number, retrofitted an ABR-1 bridge to the Nashville post spacing (Felder's 'Burst was modded to have a Nashville bridge installed on it, so they made the post spacing to fit a Nashville), scraped the R9 from the control cavity (yes, it's supposed to be like that), and re-branded the serial number as an R8. For this reason, these guitars tend to have really great tops and also have a really great '59 neck profile meant to mimic Felder's 'Burst. Also, since the color was supposed to me a unique match to the original and didn't really match any of the typical Reissue finishes, they called it Western Desert Fade. This particular example is a really great playing guitar. It does have a few non-original parts. To start, the pickups are '57 Classics from a 1993 R7. It also has a MojoAxe lightly aged pickguard, Martin Six String Customs paper-in-oil caps, and aged nickel Grover tuners. I drilled the tuner holes myself and was careful not to go all the way through, so if you prefer Klusons, the bushings will still work without having to get conversion bushings. I've switched back and forth a couple of times myself. The finish was carefully sun-faded a bit by the previous owner, so it actually has a shadow under the pickguard as well as under the poker chip similar to how an original 'Burst would. It's also got a really nice dark Indian Rosewood fretboard. I cringe as I write this because it's so cliche, but the pictures really don't do it justice. It's the best top I've ever had and I've had a lot of Reissues. I've actually started growing more and more fond of plain tops and I'd eventually like to replace this with one of those once I have the funds again. This one also has a particularly nice top carve to my eyes. The condition overall is quite good, but it does have a few bumps and bruises from honest play wear. Most aren't worth mentioning, with the exception of one on the back (see pic below) that is pretty deep, but not all that long or wide. Weight is 8.6 lbs. Here are some neck thickness measurements: 1st fret: 0.904" 7th fret: 0.927" 12th fret: 0.946" Sale includes the case candy including the COA and original box top (showing the color and fact that the stinger is original from the factory), but ironically, a non-original hardshell case. Asking $3950 PP/shipped (ConUS), which is actually a loss for me, but I've gotten a lot of great use out of this one.