Second time is a charm. I had one of these and sold it . . . . . .I think I had convinced myself it was uncomfortable to hold during a particularly bad time with my shoulder. Anyway ! Here is my new 2008 R8 in Sunrise (Sunset ?) Teaburst. Bought site-unseen. A hair over 9lbs. Really nice grain in the neck, I was able to dial the action down to where I like in 5 minutes . . .and she holds tune pretty well. I'll still be sending her up to Phil Jacoby for a bone nut, stainless steel bridge posts and a Toneppros bridge . . . .but I'm in no hurry.