2006 r8 questions

ekim

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I've been on the hunt for an r8 while now. Not many for sale at the moment in southern Ontario!
I did have a gentleman contact me about a 2006 he has for sale. No coa or vase candy and has asking $3500 canadian for it. I'm sure I can get if for a few hundred less, but is that a good deal?
Also anything to know about the 2006? Decent year? Any info or opinions are greatly appreciated
 

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I sold mint 2008 (upgraded) and 2009 (stock) R8s last year, plain with COAs, for $3300 and $3,000. Southern Ontario. I may be selling a 2013 flame top R8 but would want around/over $4,000.
 

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I had a killer 2006 Plain top R8...Madagascar RW fretboard....
 

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Take into account the relative $ value of Gibson in Canada and not just the US$ exchange rate when comparing. Sadly things cost more this side of the border both new and used. My '07 and '08 R's I sold a few years back were in the mid $3G Can. If you can get around import customs/tax then there will be more options States side.

My only 'issue' with earlier R's is the pots. Personally once used to the later higher value audio taper pots it's pretty difficult to use a guitar without them. Stock linear taper volume pots and tone pots that do nothing between 3-10 were readily replaced by aftermarket parts before Gibson made audio pots stock. If you play with everything on 10 then there's no problem, but that's not for me.

Good hunting
Daz
 
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If the guitar you are looking at is a good one the 3500 Canadian is around 2500-2600 US dollars. To me that is a good starting place but I would rather have an instrument with the COA and case candy if I were dropping that much coin. Is 2006 a decent year??? Yes, there were good ones built every year. For the most part I find the taper on the pots of most 2009 and later ones a little more to my liking. I have changed the pots in 2 of mine but the 2009 R6 I have is still bone stock and works well for me. If I were just getting my first one right now I would probably be looking hard at stuff 2013 and newer. Good luck!!
 

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I had an awesome 2006 VOS R9 in Faded Tobacco on Fiddleback Flame Maple / great MGRW Board & Hog Back / perfect weight at 8lbs 10ozs.

One of the nicest Les Pauls I owned out of many.

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When talking R8's...Check the neck size to see if it's what you like.My limited experience with a 2005 R8's neck was it was huge(baseball bat).Similar experience with a 2007 Warren Haynes model.I doubt it changed much in the intervening year.Baseball bat years? I cannot comment on the R9 necks of the period.No personal experience there.

My very early 2010 R8's neck is still big,with shoulders,but not baseball bat big.My 2011 R8 continued the trend of less *shoulder* and more svelt.ymmv.as always,no substitute for getting it in your hands for a test drive.Might very well float your boat.
 
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