NGD: '14 R8 Aged Orange Drop

Fiftywattmafia

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Well, as it turns out I ended up with this guitar. I actually had it on hold during the summer of 2014 but it didn't work out....well it became available again at HOG and I snatched it up. Going to be making some wholesale changes to the parts. Already did the harness (YJM volume, Dimarzio tone pots low friction) Sprague Vitamin Q's, ThroBak cream rings, ThroBak MC102B set and will get to the rest of the parts as we go along.

This guitar isn't really "orange" You know what I think they did with this guitar is they looked at the pictures in The Beauty of the Burst and made a guitar that actually looks like the PICTURES in that book. Its well documented that the reds and colors are pretty well off from the actual guitars. But, to be honest after staring at that book for so many years I really always wanted a guitar that looks like some of those guitars do in the book....so I'd say mission accomplished.

Some details:

Gibson Custom Shop aged: I give them a C+ overall on the aging. Its good, I love aged guitars and the way they feel and look. The razor checking is really a bit off of the way a guitar would really check. Very straight line checks on the back....too uniform. Better on the top. Its a "light age" as in the pics it doesn't really look aged.

BIG neck. Some of the R8's from the last few years have R9 necks....not this one. Its big...and its great. Feels and plays great.

Custombuckers: I pulled them but they honestly sounded great in this guitar. Great treble snarl, real crunchy and had a lot of character and honk. I'll keep them and put them in something else that I have. I really just wanted a rock setup and nice double creams.

GREAT top: In person this top has a TON of flame....really on the verge of a solid R9 type of flame. Again, the color is not some gross orange....its an excellent vintage looking color.

Tone: Very good. Plenty of top end where I roll it off to 5 on the tone knob on the bridge as I favor a fat type of treble response. Beautiful neck tones....crystal clear. ThroBak's middle position tones are remarkable. I don't care to use the middle but I do with these pickups....such a great sound there.

OK enough for now: PICS!!! I'll get more when its even sunnier to make the top pop more...


















Stock Ring....going to swap it out...















 

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really nice looking for sure ! i do like the rub age, but the checking is
a bit parallel to be true.

just curious ( i've done no research ), but how does gibson do the aging
on these ? cryo, or something else..?
 

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That's killer, Mark! Nice to see something a little different. Congrats!
 

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really nice looking for sure ! i do like the rub age, but the checking is
a bit parallel to be true.

just curious ( i've done no research ), but how does gibson do the aging
on these ? cryo, or something else..?

Razor blades. No hot/cold checking. This Nitro is tough to get to naturally check but not impossible.

Yes, pretty uniform on the back for sure. The top and elsewhere looks pretty good.
 

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Looks awesome. Yes to double creams on this as well. I've been after a plainer top R0 in more of an orange myself. Dig it
 

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Love the color, top and the nice, dark fretboard. Checking looks really parallel/ straight!
 

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Congrats - soon you'll add your own character marks to make it look even more authentic!
 

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Double creams! Awesome looking. A fine guitar. Nice fretboard too.
 

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