I love you guys!! :rofl:
I has been forever since we had a Braz thread. :h5:
An instrument is the SUM of its parts.
Using SOME of the same parts, doesn't insure that your R9 will sound like "The Beast".
Funny, it has always been ok to say that one can hear the difference between Maple and...
It is a pretty guitar, for sure.
To answer your questions:
The serial number is stamped because it is a '68 RI, the others with the stamped serial number are not '68 RI's and just CS models.
The color is a newer color and kind of rare-ish at this point, but in time we will see more of it.
I hate it when that happens.
If you are asking me, by chance, I would have to say "almost".
It's a little high with the current market BUT, in my humble opinion........
There are only a small handful of Lefty Braz's and if that is what you are looking for, then YES, you'll have to pay...