Dang what a stunner!
You mentioned the case, is it different from the case in 2018? My 2018 R8’s case is smaller and heavier (& more “correct” looking) than either my 2014 & 2016 R8 cases.
How Much?Decided to pull the trigger on one of these 60th anniversary R9 models. Was intrigued with the new caps and un-potted pu's and colors.
This is Cherry Tea Burst color-
here it is at the factory
It's got the VOS finish, but I'll probably polish it off to a gloss but I like the slight aging sheen on the pickups
really like the tight peek-out flame
Neckwise down low it's really nice, around .895 where they should be, it gets to about .985 around the 12th but adds a slight shoulder, but workable for me. Not hand-splitting for sure.
I also like the new cases, they're looking a tad smaller than previous years, probably closer to a real lifton I'd guess.
Overall the pickups are really articulate and punchy, I like them. And the volume and tone sweep range is very nice to have it 'functional' It sounds good with the BE100 I have. Not brash at all, even when I run more gain thru it. I've had some custom buckers that are just too brash and edgy, not bright and shrill but like full volume at whatever level you set it at and not very clear and articulate. These are anything but brash and muddy. Really diggin it.
Thanks to HOG/Curt for gettin it for me. He had some other nice ones and many were selling before they even left the factory, as was the case with this one. I saw that factory pic I posted above and said gimme that one!