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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    Thanks, the neck is like mine exactly. I measured 0.88 and 0.98, and it’s a nice comfy C with no shoulders. I can’t tell about the body though.
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    I agree with you! She's staying put.
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    It was tempting! Those Murphys are sweet. And I hear he's probably not going to be doing this much longer, so that might increase the desirability/collectability of those guitars.
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    That's a good point, I believe it. this thing really resonates, so maybe the hide glue is a big part of that. I played this guitar against some newer R9s and it didn't appear any less bright or ariculate, but it is possible. Maybe the potting is light. Given I couldn't tell the diff and can...
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    You're absolutely right. Once you go down that road it's neverending.
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    Ha - thanks! I have a soft spot for Teles, but I think I'm hanging onto this one. :)
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    Interesting. How do you tell the Carmelita neck and top carve?
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    Thanks. I confirmed it is the old bumblebee caps. I have to assume it’s got the potted Custombuckers. Are the 2019+ years more desirable, more valuable, or more collectible? Or is it a waste of time to chase the spec changes? I’m just thinking I bought this as a brand new guitar, maybe I...
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    Yeah, this I wonder about. Apparently the only differences between a 2018 and 2019 are the unpotted (vs potted) pickups, knobs on the V1 (bell vs reflector), 60th Anniversary toggle switch cover plate, and burst colors (two each for V1/V2/V3, none of which were offered in 2018). And no changes...
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    Interesting, thanks. Is it possible it has unpotted pups and the PIO caps? Any way I can tell about the caps? Guess I'll pop in and take a look. Edit: definitely non-PIO caps in mine.
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    Not the best pics, but I'm having a hard time getting the photos some of you guys get. There must be some lighting trick people use to get the flame to pop out.
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    That's possible. 2018s are supposed to have potted Custombuckers, but playing this guitar against three newer ones (ostensibly with unpotted CustomBuckers) - I didn't notice a difference regarding articulation. This one was every bit as bright, chimy, and articulate. So I am not sure if that...
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    I'm not sure. Serial number is 983157. Where does that put it?
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    What I find really interesting about this guitar is the subtlety of the flame maple. It's 3D in the fact that flames come and go as you rotate the guitar and change the viewing angle. I actually really dig that - I'm not a big fan of the extreme flame that almost resembles photoflame. It's...
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    Traded my 2012 R9 VOS for a "new" 2018 R9 VOS.

    I'm not sure I've ever posted here, so greeting all. :) I've had a 2012 R9, bought used in 2013, which I never bonded with. I've tried to sell it a couple times with no luck. I guess the stigma of the 2012s lingers on. Anyway, I've been eying a couple "new" R9s at the local GC (OKC) for...
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    Epi LP Elite neck pickup suggestion? (Gibson Burstbucker II in the bridge)

    Thanks, I appreciate it. So far, several hours of playing, and I love everything about them. Thanks! I think the Seths have done it for me. :)
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    Epi LP Elite neck pickup suggestion? (Gibson Burstbucker II in the bridge)

    Bumping an old thread with an update. I bought and installed a BB1 in the neck position of the Elite to match the BB2 in the bridge. After playing for a few weeks, I realized that Burstbuckers do not work in this guitar AT ALL for me. They were either too muddy or harsh, or BOTH - at the same...
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    All Elite/Elitist + MIJ Roll-Call!!!

    http://www.tonecentral.net/gearpics/2002_Epi_LP_Elite.JPG


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