NGD 2020 R8

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NGD 2020 R8

Just picked this up yesterday, 2020 R8 unused I’m away from home so have been playing it ‘as is’ straight from the box ! - I’ve been quite mixed about Gibson Reissues, played loads over the years as well as a few original bursts. This was gonna be & still might end up being a ‘project guitar’ but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is straight out the box. I was going to use this thread to really go over the guitar compared with my ‘very’ high spec replica - This guitar weighs about 8.8lbs, acoustically very resonant, very bright sounding almost slightly ‘plinky’ - action ‘very’ low - despite Gibson saying it comes with 10s, it’s definitely got 9’s on it ! Finish & the fret dress are excellent & it’s a ‘very’ playable guitar indeed - you could definitely gig with it straight out the box which I’ve not always had before on other reissues. The narrow tall frets aren’t a problem at all & fast runs on the guitar are easy to pull off.

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The good so far - nice neck profile - very impressed with the pickups (Unpotted Custombuckers) straight out of the box, very bright, perhaps slightly thin sounding, very neutral, they certainly have a lot of paf dna which was quite surprising, not as full sounding or harmonically rich as originals though, but ‘lots’ of fun to play. You can literally plug the guitar into any amp & don’t really need to eq anything. As a plug & play, really impressed.

Things I’m not ‘so’ taken with so far, the pots are the best to have come from Gibson so far, but the taper & torque isn’t quite the same as the original centralab - ‘definitely’ cts pots - you find yourself looking at them to dial tone.

Fretboard material - it’s just not braz rw ! (lol) - the fretboard is very smooth, very fast & contributes to the guitars bright snappy tone - but just doesn’t feel like an original one ! - on the flip side, it’s just fast & very easy to play & sustains well.

laquer - I know we now have theMurphy lab guitars & again the finish on this guitar is great, but, it’s not vintage nitro, but, it’s definitely thicker & perhaps stronger maybe.

In summary, it’s a brilliant, straight out of the box, great playing, great sounding but ‘vanilla’ guitar, but also very addictive to play !

I’ll keep posting some more photos as well as specs of the pickups/pots etc.

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Looks fantastic! HNGD!
 

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Sweet top And the color is just right. Most Gibson fretboards look weird nowadays. Easy enough to change out the pots and pickups. Congrats!
 

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Super nice, missing my two previous R8’s.
 

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I think it looks great, you did well.
Happy new guitar day :cheers2:
 

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R8s are good value for money especially at the old price which I presume you bought your '20 at.
Great top............congrats :cool:
 

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Took some readings tonight - neck pickup 8.03 - bridge 7.91 - good enough job on the soldering (my old ‘14 trad was cleaner) - screened logo much better but still not ‘perfect’ - Gibson logo also better but not 100% the dot on the I is in the wrong place - pup covers not as good as originals/throbak - bonnet knobs & switch ring excellent (font not quite 100%) - switch tip not 100%

On the flip side - OMG does this thing play ! It goes to show that sometimes you get hung up on the details & forget about the taste lol ! -This guitar is ‘very’ tele on steroids & the sustain & playability are just great, it’s a very Joe Bonamassa guitar, it really cuts, but it’s also a very fun guitar to play. My replica is more vocal, bolder & richer sounding, whereas this stings like a bee ! - could definitely just go & gig with it straight away.

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Board treatment and some play time will do wonders.

I've had a few new Rs with dry boards as well buffing compound residue in the pores.

Most darken up just fine.
 

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