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  1. AaeCee

    AaeCee Member

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    I have a R8 LP, sn# 8 1758 (2001). It's a butterscotch flame top, with 57 PAFs. Anyone know how I can establish whether it has a Brazilian board? I know they were using them around that time, but switched soon thereafter. Some have commented that it looks like Brazilian, but I have no positive ID either way. I seem to remember reading here on GP that the sn# holds the answer. Thanks! AC
     
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    If I were a wagering man, I would bet that it is not Brazilian.
    Here is a program that might help you:
    http://www.guitarpool.com/docs/misc/brazilian-check.shtml
    (When I enter your serial number it comes back as not being Brazilian)

    Go here and you might find out for sure from the CS forum Admin:
    http://www.gibsoncustom.com/cgi-bin/toast.asp?sub=show&action=topics&fid=14

    The only Brazilian I am confident about is on the Historics produced between January 1, 2003 and May 31, 2003.
     
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    I had a 2001 Brazilian R8 that was slated to be part of the Murphy run. The serial doesn't tell you ****. I know for a fact that Gibson would often throw Brazilian on guitars without marking them thus. More than one Korina Flying V went out ot the GCS like that.
     
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    Yes, it is true there were a few Brazilian boards in 2001. The best way to be sure is contact Gibson, give them your serial and they should be able to tell you.
     
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    Thanks, guys. If I can't get a definite answer through your suggestions, it's just not to be had. AC
     
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    Got a good camera? How about access to a seasoned luthier? Any old school luthier worth their salt could tell by the smell. The Madagasscar Rosewood that Gibson started using in 2001 shares a number a visual characteristics with Brazilian Rosewood. Mike Stevens was using it years ago. He calls it Kingswood. I love the feel of it.
     
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    Thanks Matte. Yeah, my luthier (Phil Jacoby) has mentioned that he can smell the difference. What always scared me though, was when he said "by giving it a little scratch, I can conjure up the scent". Now, Phil's a pro's pro, and would never think of committing a lick of cosmetic blasphemy on any guitar...but still, that "scratch" thing always worried me. I mean, this is one of my children we're talking about! ;) AC PS...regardless of what rosewood it is, it has heavenly feel and tone.
     
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    Phil has a great rep. I'd trust him. He could sand it out.
     
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    I beleive there was a run of 50 R9s in 2001 with Brazilian fretboards. They all had serious looking tops and were priced much higher than regular R9s.
     

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