For best Les Paul? Probably not
But I'd rather have something else
I haven't read the rest of the thread yet, but this. Les Pauls are iconic and beautiful to look at, but ergonomically not to my taste, and I never enjoy playing them as much as I do looking at them. It's hard to believe that anyone with wide experience of modern guitars would pick a Les Paul for comfort. I do like how the right hand sits on / above the bridge, but the upper fret access / heel situation is a car crash, the body isn't contoured, the neck is fat and unwieldy, the pickup switch is nowhere near the other controls, etc. To get to the high frets, you need to get vertical, which explains why Slash looks like he does much of the time. Although of course the Kris Derrig might have a more user-friendly neck joint.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.
Well the thread title does say "GUITAR"...AS OTHERS have pointed out - comparing an R9 to a Strat or Tele or ES-335 (or AS-200) or Super Strat etc. as to which is "better" IS POINTLESS.
And the Gibson sheep.OP, ignore the Strat trolls.
------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?
I haven't owned an Historic but I've played a few. And this is roughly where I am. I have 2 Les Pauls, having traded my DGT for a 2nd one a while back. The thought has occurred to me "you could sell them both and get an R8 or R9, but every time I think about it, I realize I really do love these two guitars, and I cannot imagine the R8 or R9 is going to give me something they don't.Yes. And as I articulated in my recent thread, I'm underwhelmed by R9 etc and sold all of mine since my non CS Gibsons have taken their stage time. I swapped the magnets to A3 on my 2006 Classic, and the sound was as good as my R9s (if not better). I like both necks, but being able to dial in the sound with magnet, pot, and cap swaps without caring about devaluing the guitar so much was a clincher.
So, I guess what I'm saying is, yes. Non CS Gibsons modded to my tastes ended up being better than the reissues. Nothing I would want different.
Love les pauls..but they cause me a great deal of pain to play. Bummer. I had a beautiful cherry sunburst custom for a long time.Seems weird to me too. I love the sound of Led Pauls, but Strats just feel more comfortable. Go figure