Sometimes you just get lucky or at least that’s how I feel owning my two favorite Lester’s. The first 2 pics are of my 1992 Les Paul Classic and the last 2 are of the most recent addition to the collection and it’s a 2005 R9. The R9 has an elegant subtle quilt to it and is extremely punchy, right on the edge of being too punchy but it’s not. It’s like the string pushes your finger off after your done with a note, like it’s helping you play. The classic has that sweet 60’s neck profile and the quality of craftsmanship on it is spectacular. I’m 55 and played my entire life but I took a good 18 years off from playing (medical stuff). I have re-caught the bug and have been collecting/playing religiously for the past year now. I dig these sites, I also joined the Fractal Audio and The Gear Page forum. I own 7 or 8 Les Pauls and I’ve really been looking at the flamed Lemon/Lemonbursts/dirty lemon R8’s here lately. I haven’t played an R8 yet but I definitely will before I buy one. I remember buying my first Les Paul with my dad from Chuck Levine’s in 1974. It was a black beat up early deluxe with a hand painted rose on it. My dad bought his ES 125 from Chuck (literally), back in 1959. I’ll put in a pic of that too. I remember stopping at little tavern burgers every time we went there. Seems like learning and playing these things have always been a driving pursuit in my life.