Is there a better guitar than an R9?

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  1. darchirnoj

    darchirnoj Member

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    Very subjective question, I know.

    I’d like to ask those with experience in owning, playing, or lusting after an R9, if there was any electric guitar they liked better, and for what reason(s)?

    I’m just curious.

    I own an R9, and often wonder why folks move on from these, what did they move onto, and why?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. buzzp

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    If you like the sound and feel of a LP, I imagine you won't find a guitar you like better... unless it's a better LP!

    Personally, I'm more in the SG/335 camp when it comes to Gibsons. I like the SG because it's not quite as thick sounding as the LP, which makes more sense in my 5 piece band.
     
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    runningman Member

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    nothing wrong with a good lester, but for me personally the 335 is a better fit. I'm tall, so I find lesters to be too small, especially when seated, and I like the bridge p'up tone on a 335 better as well.

    also, if I had to pick just one guitar, I think I'd take a Tele or an HSS strat, all other things being equal.
     
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    You would go some to find a 'better' Les Paul than an R9, but you can definitely find 'better' guitars if you prefer something else. For example, I believe my Kiesel is a better guitar than my Gibson LP but my Gibson LP is still one of my favourite guitars and also my most played guitar. The reason I think the Kiesel is better is simply because it does play better and the specs are very good on it for the price point (under $1500).
     
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    86runner Silver Supporting Member

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    I had an R8 and an R9 and for some reason just didn't play them much. I've always been drawn to a LP, but every time I buy one, I find that it's very uncomfortable to play, so it just sits. They're beautiful, but I've finally come to the realization they're just not for me. I wanted the sound, though, so ultimately a Kauer Starliner made me sell all my LPs. Ergonomically, much more comfortable, lighter and the one I have has so much more clarity and snap, with a much more beautiful mid-range compared to the R8, R9, or Traditionals I've had. YMMV.
     
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    Everyone knows going to 11 is better than 10! Haha
     
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    Les Pauls aren't for everyone. I love the sound, and I've owned a bunch of them, but they just don't work that well for me. I keep ending up playing Strats
     
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    R9s can be great guitars. I had one...a 50th Anniversary. With my ears though I sold it and went to the dark side....a black Tele. Just got a different black Tele last week. A hearing thing...highs at my age.
     
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    Made to measure
     
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  10. big mike

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    This

    Except for the strat thing. Blech!
     
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    For best Les Paul? Probably not

    But I'd rather have something else
     
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    Pffft... R9’s don’t even come with whammy bars.
     
  13. big mike

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    Honestly if I were les Paul shopping id likely get a mapletop custom.

    Miss mine but I’d probably just run the racks for what felt and sounded good

    R9s are pretty but doesn't mean it will sound or play better than a goldtop or opaque or plain top something else
     
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    I got tired of the Gibson Headstock Anxiety. If you have one you are worried about it breaking (even in the case), if you are buying one you worry if it's been repaired, if it's repaired you worry if you are getting it cheap enough to justify the value loss in having it repaired, was the repair solid enough, and so on. Just all a hassle.

    Lately I play Epiphone (scarf joint and lower neck angle) plus PRS SE (and S2 models have the scarf joint), 80's Cort copy, 70s MIJ Global LP (ghost built by Ibanez). and even an 80s Hondo II LP updated with modern electronics and fret level.

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    Since you specified to people who played/owned one. I'll chime in.

    No.

    Are there guitars as good as R9's? Yes. R8's and CME LPs, Wildwood LPs, etc. Basically if you re-worded this to say "CS Historic LP's" instead of R9, it'd be a simpler answer. Choose the historic of your choice - and perfect.

    Personally though, there's nothing better than the Gibson Custom Shop Historic LP. That's the end all for me. It doesn't kill gas though... it'll just make you wanna buy more than 1 lol.
     
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    Meh. Les Pauls are probably my least favorite famous electric guitars.
     
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    The truth hurts sometimes...

    :banana
     
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    I've thought this about many instruments I've owned.
    It's about the fit to the player.
    I have instruments that suit my desires.

    A 9-string Lester Polsfuss isn't one of those :p
     

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