- Jan 5, 2014
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I have an R8 that I love. I have zero interest in an R9. If you want a guitar that will definitely sound different from your R8, do what I did and buy a Strat.
No two guitars sound the same and that's a facts. It just does not work that way when it comes to lumber.I have an R8 that I love. I have zero interest in an R9. If you want a guitar that will definitely sound different from your R8, do what I did and buy a Strat.
Oddly enough I bought a Fender American Pro II last year, the Dark Knight with the rosewood fretboard. It’s a sweet guitar as well, so very different of course. So I do have a bit of variety in my humble studio. Sadly it does not diminish the itch for the R9.I have an R8 that I love. I have zero interest in an R9. If you want a guitar that will definitely sound different from your R8, do what I did and buy a Strat.
Starting to dig that P90 thing! Just got a TV Yellow DC Special 60 Reissue that I’m really starting to like. Little noisy but diggin the tone!If you want a good R9 to go with that R8 then you should. I shopped all humbucker historics and found the best one I had access to. It happened to be an R9. If sounding different is what you're after then go for a P90 equipped historic
Actually my opening question kind of prevented that by design as I do realize the structural and aesthetic angle of the comparison. I wanted to skip the stuff I already knew and save us the rehashing and to zero in on the tone. But I do appreciate the input, truly.Obviously, no two guitars will sound the same. But I find it odd that no one has just come out and said it: there’s nothing structurally different between an R8 and R9 that would make them sound different from each other. In some instances R8s can have thicker necks, which might have a small impact on tone. But there are also R8s that have same ’59 neck profile as an R9. A flamey-er (flamier sp?) top isn’t going to make a guitar sound different and some R8s have nicer tops than some R9s. So to answer the OP’s question about whether an R9 will sound different than an R8… no more than another R8 would.
Finally, a good answer. Geez some people explain it like no 2 R9's sound anything alike. If that were the case then why are so many chasing the sound of the 59 or 60, etc. Grab any year with the weight you like the neck that fits your hand and away you go.Generally speaking, the R8s and R9s are supposed to sound the pretty much the same, the difference being down to the particular guitar.