2017 R8... Gap between end of neck and pickup ring.. Deal breaker or not?

p90rules

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So I'm eyeing up this 2017 R8 with a view to buying it this weekend and I looked a bit closer and noticed the gap... I do understand that this was one of the foibles of the 58 LP and that it could be intentional, but as a buyer with cash, I wondered if this would be a deal breaker for some, or should I man up and just get on with it... Opinions appreciated guys... Cheers
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Hi,
my R9 (2017) dont have this gap.
(And have TH plastics)
 

p90rules

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Please excuse my ignorance, but does that mean this one is a TH or that it just has TBH parts?
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This is my '15 TH and the gap is much smaller than that.
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That gap would be a deal breaker for me.
 

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That gap is a bit excessive. Might not be a deal breaker for me if I bought the guitar, loved how the guitar sounded/played, and then noticed it. But if I was in a store looking for an R8 and that was hanging on the wall and I saw that gap, I probably wouldn’t even bother to pick it up and play it. Would just move along.

In short, it would bug me forever (and that’s all I would see when I looked at the guitar, ha!).

YMMV
 

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Thanks for the info guys... As someone who is looking with cash to buy, I see what you're saying... I should just maybe keep looking.
 

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Hi,
my R9 (2017) dont have this gap.
(And have TH plastics)
1959 was when they moved the pickup so the ring butted up against the fretboard. Before that, all of the humbucker LP's had a narrow gap. One of the small details that makes 1959 the pinnacle of the originals.

Earlier R7's and R8's were less vintage-accurate and had the rings butted up to the fretboard, just like the R9's and R0/G0's. Newer R7's and R8's have the vintage-correct gaps.
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The gap in the first post is wider than normal.

But I'm weird and sort of dig seeing the tenon. I'd need to see a better close-up of the tenon joint. If there are cosmetic gaps/ugliness it might be a deal breaker. But if the exposed area has tight, pretty joint lines I'd actually like the slightly bigger gap.
 

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Meh. Might be the closeup and lighting that's making it look bigger.
FWIW, Pearly Gates and the BOTB cover burst (Stanley burst) have noticeable gaps too.

Please excuse my ignorance, but does that mean this one is a TH or that it just has TBH parts?
Not a TH, only with the new parts. A TH would have a different COA and toggle switch backplate.
 

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If all other areas are winners for you, go for it. That's character... Man up, pretty normal.
 


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