Why is this an R8 ?

Wailing

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Probably a question that has been asked before but here goes… My understanding is that an R8 is a ‘new’ historically accuratish build of a 1958 Les Paul, which would have had, I believe a TOM bridge and two pickups… so… why is my single pickup, wraparound called an R8 ?

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My guess is because it utilizes the same body, bridge pu and neck carve that an R8 would use. Just like if someone were to special order a Les Paul with only a bridge pickup and a wraparound tailpiece in 1958. It'd still be a 58 just a special order.

Or they just didn't know what else to call it.
 

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On the good side, you see lots of very nice flamed maple.

But I don't like wrap non-intonated tailpieces or single pickups.
 

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So ....its the heel carve ...because that should be an R4 with a P90 ....and a missing pickup

And an R9 top ....

Cycloptic R8 ish thingy

Its cool ...I wouldn't throw it away.....
 

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I know it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it… I have been a junior player for many years and this guitar rawks in the same way on ‘full bore’ however when using the tone and volume ‘sings’ out with a myriad of voices..Guitarhacks view makes sense to me as the neck and body has the same dimensions as a ‘normal’ R8 I tried and I guess had Guitarguitar (The company who commissioned the guitar) been around in 1958, maybe they would have asked for one with its spec. Thanks for your help guys.. back to playing ‘Bills’ (it’s named after my daughter) through my 18 watt Marshall :)
 
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So.. I think I have my question answered…. Next question… would it have a long or short tenon ??
 

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