Nice one Harold!
If they only knew....
Oh, and p/g off for that one.
Hi everyone, I am usually hanging out 99% in the Other Les Paul section but may have to pay a bit more attention here now.
This wasn't a planned purchase as I already have a great R8 (R8R6Ben's old "Jennifer Leigh") with a set of OTPGs, not to mention some of equally good (or better IMO) Japanese LPs so wasn't really in the market for an overpriced (in Japan) Gibson R8 and certainly not anything like a R9.
Anyway, I usually pass through the Ishibashi store on my way through Shibuya near my place to have a look at used guitars and see what the Gibsons look like but usually wince when I see the price tags.
However, the other day was January 2 and every New Years there are big sales all over Japan and Ishibashi was having theirs. I was looking at the Gibsons and saw the top on this one and then saw the price and thought it was a crazy price for an R9. But then saw it was actually an R8 with a "hand selected top". It also listed at 3.7 kg which is pretty light. Chambered? Salesman said no. Well, what is the R8/R9 difference then? Not much with this one I guess. He also explained how Ishibashi sent him to Nashville to choose all the tops for their order and that he chose the tops for these. Some of these figured ones for the R8s are not too expensive to choose as they have lots of mineral streaks are not typically used for bookmatching and are all a bit different so that is what they liked to order for some of the R8s along with the usual uber-flame R9's.
I thought I'd have some fun and try it out along with a nice one in Lemondrop that also was 3.7-ish kg. After playing both for about 30 minutes I realized that this one was pretty unique. Resonant, light, natural looking flame top and maybe the clincher: it was on sale. The top on the R8 is something I close to what I had in mind as my favourite type of LP and it resonates like crazy and is super light. So I figured I better not pass it up.
Ok, enough blabbering, here are some pics of 8 1222. It was VOS but I gave it a polish: