Historic R8 . .what a guitar

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  1. dankayaker

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    Bought this after playing a number of American Gibson Les Pauls and being very disappointed at their playability and setup. There was a world of difference between the Custom shops and the standard models. Though this one did not come perfect. There are a number of little issues with these Historics, and mine had a number of them. Sloppy bridges that do not intonate well, poorly cut nut, poorly Plek'd . . .well I sent mine up to Phil Jacoby and this thing is perfect and bulletproof now, what a gigging machine.
    If you like big necks and LP's, take a look at these Historic 58's.

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    Congrats.

    I scored a sweet one last summer. Didn't realize just how sweet it was 'til I had Phil Jacoby clean it up set up wise. I also threw some new pickups in it. Plays and sounds fantastic now.
     
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    Thanks Dave,
    Yeah, the guitar was not an absolute keeper until Phil tweaked it. If you have not done the stainless steel post mod I recommend it highly, also the Tones Pros bridge . . . . .it really brightened up the guitar. It also made it louder acoustically. The action on this one is wonderful too.
     
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    Congrats. They just need a little tlc. Get a setup and a set of Wolfes and you`ll be a happy guy. Your wife/GF, kids and dog may be jealous of all the time you spend with your new "friend".:dude
     
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    Here's my plain jane 02 with WCR Fillmores. Professionally after factory set up (but not by Phil). Wonderful instrument.

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    Please tell me more about the differences in the stock pickups and the Wolfes.
     
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    Sweet looking top !
     
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    Dankayaker,

    Gorgeous color on yours! When you find 'the one,' it's a beautiful thing!
     
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    Thanks ! This one is going to age nicely I believe.

    I'm down to two guitars now . . .and am crazy about both. Feels good finally.
     
  10. Jon C

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    what's the rundown on what Phil did with yours?

    Stainless posts?
    Tone Pros?
    what else?

    My 01 R8 was so damn good out of the box I put some Voodoo 59s, CTS Pots & good caps in & have not had to tweak the setup etc. to this point (tho I know Phil jokes that Gibson QC is paying for his kids' college educations).

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    Your lucky. I'd love to downsize to at least three, but this and that keeps holding me back. One day I'll get there.
     
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    The first fret was higher than it should have been along with a couple other spots so Phil Plek'd it. He also put a bone nut in. He installed a TonePro's AVRII bridge and he put stainless steel posts in replacing the soft metal ones Gibson puts in. The I think he did a mojo dance around it and sent if off with his blessing. . . . and an invoice (which was very reasonable). I'm sold on Phil.
     
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    Three is not bad . . . .if you count my acoustic I have three also.
     
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    Thx dankayaker!
    Seems like the trend is to swap pickups. Forgot to mention mine also has CTS pots and caps upgrade. The Fillmores are sweet; the treble position really stings when wide open, and the bass pickup has that deep range only a lester can get.
     
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    Awesome to hear and I love the color, welcome to the Gibson mafia.
     
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    I know the WCR's are great pickups, I had a Fillmore in a TCM a while back and it was thick. I think I'll try to be happy wiht the stock BB's for a while . . .I actually think they sound pretty nice.
     
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    Thanks . . . . I look forward to meeting the "family"
     
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    You know, a lot of it depends on the guitar. I never liked the BB's in some of the other Historics I've tried, but the BB's in my R9 just blend wonderfully with the guitar. I've even had a few people discourage me from switching out the BB's for some boutique p/ups. If it sounds good..... I'm leaving my BB's in as they sound really good to my ears.
     
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    Some R8's are killer for sure. :AOK
     
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    yeah, he is the guy to use around here... I may have him do the posts & bridge at some point and certainly the fret tweaks when it needs it. He's trying to talk me into doing my own bridge pinning on my Gretsch 5120 and I'm laughing and telling him I'd rather that he drill into the top than me, LOL.

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