Is there a better guitar than an R9?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by darchirnoj, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. customguitars87

    customguitars87 Member

    Messages:
    2,777
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2009
    I never owned one though I played a few extensively, and you are right in saying it is an incredibly subjective question. There isn't any true consistency even in high cost instruments and one R9 could be "just ok" and another could be absolutely jawdropping. Guitars are best judged on a case by case basis.

    I have about 10-12 guitars currently that I would much rather have than an R9, and minus one they all cost way less :).

    Doesn't take away the R9s reputation for being an excellent instrument, but we all have our preferences.
     
    darchirnoj likes this.
  2. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    39,004
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2002
    Location:
    Northern VA
  3. sfarnell

    sfarnell Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    9,871
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2007
    Location:
    No. SF Bay Area, California
    Yes, I still own it although I go back and forth about selling it. I love it but I don't like so much money being tied up in one instrument.

    I've played a few Yaron LPs and they were all different. Mine sounds like Mick Taylor's '59 when he played with the '72-'73 Rolling Stones. I'd characterize it as balanced with bite. It's the finest guitar that I've played.
     
    JackD, Dannyz and DiPa like this.
  4. clint

    clint Member

    Messages:
    1,412
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    I love a good Custom Shop Les Paul and have owned several over the years. For whatever reason, I tend to gig with a combination of F-style guitars. It's almost like the Les Pauls are too precious to play out or something. Their design is a little less ergonomic and they tend to be heavier but I just get more mileage out of mainly strats and teles and a pedal or two. For that reason, hard to me to agree that an R9 is better, just different.
     
    Dannyz and darchirnoj like this.
  5. MatZen

    MatZen Supporting Member

    Messages:
    557
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2006
    Location:
    The Sonoran Desert
  6. Snail

    Snail Member

    Messages:
    653
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    I searched for a LP for a while, went through a bunch, didn’t really bond with any of them, until I got my R9. Brazilian rosewood fretboard, plays great and sounds amazing. I’ve has it for 10 years now and will never sell it.

    It shares joint #1 status with my PRS 513 with a solid rosewood neck, and again Brazilian fretboard. I’m still waiting to come across a Strat or Tele that also feel like “the one” for me, but honestly I haven’t tried that hard because I’m well satisfied with these guitars.

    So yes, the R9 is top of the line in my book.
     
    darchirnoj likes this.
  7. Toby Krebs

    Toby Krebs Member

    Messages:
    1,477
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    A good LP is tough to beat. Especially one with P90s.But this being TGP all it would take would be EVH putting his Holy Grail Hot For Teacher hands on one and you guys would be explaining that the greatest geetar player in the history of the world plays an LP and so should everyone else lol!

    I will exit now...
     
    darchirnoj and DiPa like this.
  8. darchirnoj

    darchirnoj Member

    Messages:
    892
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2008
    Location:
    South Texas
    That’s impressive. I’ll have to check them out.
     
  9. darchirnoj

    darchirnoj Member

    Messages:
    892
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2008
    Location:
    South Texas
    That’s beautiful!
     
  10. the.godfather

    the.godfather Member

    Messages:
    280
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    I did go looking for a really good R9 a few years back, also considered figured R8's. I wanted something with a more substantial neck profile but after looking for 6-9 months and playing many I couldn't find the 'one' for me. Some were better than others but I could never find one with the right mojo at the right price. I also missed out on a couple where shops had already sold them before I could get there etc.

    I lost heart in the end and it has been on the back burner ever since. I will find one eventually though. I might go hunting again towards the end of the year. It's just got to match the perfect Les Paul idea I have in my head.
     
    DiPa likes this.
  11. DiPa

    DiPa Constant GAS Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    12,920
    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2013
    The price thing is disheartening for many, new ones are really high and used ones are pretty steep too...
     
    the.godfather likes this.
  12. Kato10

    Kato10 Member

    Messages:
    305
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2014
    My R9 was the favorite of the 50 or so guitars I’ve owned until I purchased my Fano JM6. It is the best guitar I’ve ever owned or played. Not taking anything away from the R9 though, a killer guitar for sure. The JM6 is just more versatile and I am a huge P90 fan also. Never played another Fano but mine is just unbelievable.
     
  13. steam boat

    steam boat Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,276
    Joined:
    May 14, 2011
    The only thing better than an r9 is an r7.
     
    coldengray likes this.
  14. eazywind

    eazywind Supporting Member

    Messages:
    112
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2013
    Location:
    Boise, ID
    Me Too. I had been looking for a R9 for awhile and a Kauer Starliner dropped into my lap a year ago. The Wolftone Kauerbuckers are very nice and the guitars weight is perfect etc.... It took me awhile to get to playing the guitar for an extended amount of time/play through different setups etc..., but once I did dial in the tone I was looking for.....wow. Very happy.

     
  15. Scary Uncle G.

    Scary Uncle G. Member

    Messages:
    2,570
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2017
    I’ve never liked the necks on R9s, so I prefer the R0 (I have 3). That said, a good 335 will give the best LP a run for the money.
     
    bigfoamfinger likes this.
  16. Tonefree

    Tonefree Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,287
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Love my R9, Love my Strats and Tele’s too.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. JackD

    JackD Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,896
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2005
    Location:
    Rochester, MI
    Mine was built just before Pete's. I agree with the characterization ("balanced with bite"). Pete, don't sell that thing--you sound so killer playing that baby!!
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice