Going shopping, help me spend my money - R9 or R0 ?

ns2a

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I have a 2019 50’s Standard I just love. Normally I like thinner necks, but between the pleking and setup, this thing is like playing a fretless wonder. I’d like another LP, so wanted something not exactly the same, with a few different specs.

I’m guitar shopping this weekend and am looking at the following:

2001 R9 $4300 – guitar shop with a good return policy. I can spend hours at the store trying it out if I want.

2014 R0 $2700 – private sale, so harder to try out (IMO) and once I buy it, I buy it. Seems I have 10 minutes to make a decision. :)

Both are plain tops. I like plain tops, but those are a tougher resell aren’t they? Wasn’t 2014 the year they started getting closer specs to the real Burt’s? (Hide glue etc?) I’m not sure what pickups are on the R9. Are those Burstbuckers or 57’s? Seems the R0 has the Custombuckers?

Can't play them both side by side unfortunately.

Any advice?
 

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On 14’s I think they only used hide glue for the neck joint.
 

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Oh, I’d probably go for the 2014 with the Custombuckers, those pups are more vintage sounding than 57’s IMO.
 

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I always pick newer...but that’s me...
this would be a no brainer (For me)
cost Vs value is always my concern and u could get the R0 and an 18 classic gold top p90 for the same price...


no brainer...2 for 1 all day
seriously, u Could have this as an afterthought

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Buy the R0. It'll be a great guitar and you will have saved a bundle of money.
 

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The '14 R0 sounds like a really nice deal on the surface. Is it a G0 perhaps?

I like plaintops, R0s, and generally the 2013 and later Reissues, so the R0 sounds like a winner to me.
 

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If you usually like thinner necks, go with the R0.
 

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With a thinner neck preference, Custombuckers, and considering the price, I'd go with the R0!!
 

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The 50s Standard neck wont be a drastic change from the R9.. so there’s that. at least comparing my 50s standard for the R9 I had before... the R0 will be a great choice..
 

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Now that I think about it, if the serial number is
0 4451
is that necessarily a 2014? Could it be a 2004? The COA card thing says LPR0 4451, so I'm now wondering...
 

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I wouldn't even have to think about it—the 2014 R0. I haven't played one yet that wasn't killer. I like he pickups in the newer RIs much better than the older ones. I've played a lot of different '14 RI models and each one has been superb. I've played a lot of 2012 and older RIs too and in my opinion the really good ones are owned and the it's mostly the ones that aren't as good that are making the rounds on the used circuit from time to time. Not that there aren't some great ones floating around, it's just hard to know which of the many out there are good. When I play a 2012 or older RI I always like it, but when I compare it to a newer RI I always prefer the newer one's sound.
 
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On 14’s I think they only used hide glue for the neck joint.
2013. Neck joint.
2014. Neck joint and fretboard.

Now that I think about it, if the serial number is
0 4451
is that necessarily a 2014? Could it be a 2004? The COA card thing says LPR0 4451, so I'm now wondering...
Could be either. 2004 will have a paper sized COA. 2014 small booklet.
 

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Do you like skinny necks? R0. Do you like them fatter? R9.

To me, it’s an easy choice. Play them both. Whichever neck feels better is the one you buy.

Forget the cork sniffing nonsense about wiring, pots, hide glue, none of that stuff matters unless you love the neck.
 

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I have an 2012 R9 and a 2017 R0. They sound a little different - the R9 sounds generally fatter, or thicker, but that might be due to the burstbucker pickups. The R0, which has Custombuckers, is a little brighter and has more growl, sort of. I personally prefer the R0's slightly thinner neck (it's not that much thinner though, like a couple or three millimeters) for playing lead, and the thicker R9 neck for playing rythmn. I find the thicker neck to be restrictive in the higher registers, so since I seem to spend a lot of time up there, ultimately I prefer the R0.
 
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Also you can call Gibson and ask about the serial number. I called at about 7pm PST and they picked up and answered my questions.
 


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