My new R8

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  1. dzeitlin

    dzeitlin Member

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    I picked up htis 02 R8 from Mark's Guitar Loft in New Hampshire. First off, what an amazing shop. All natural wood floors/ceiling/walls filled with a killer assortment of Gibson/Fender/etc. Mark was really nice and patient, and his advice was spot on. He know guitars, especially the ones he has in stock.

    I was pretty sure I wanted a 58, but was interested in the R9s also. I don't like huge necks, so that was one of my concerns. Mark told me that this one particular 58 had a neck smaller than most R9s. He was not wrong. I played 2-3 R9s, and 2 R8s. The neck on this one was by far the smallest. Being a late 02, it has Burstbuckers. Against all the other guitars, this one sounded dark and woody, just the way I like em. I was a little concerned how it would sound on my rig at home, but was very pleasantly rewarded when I plugged her in at home. It sounds amazingly close to the Duncan Custom 5/59 combination in my GC60. It only weighs 8lbs 7oz, and feels light.
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  2. Ironman

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    Congrats, beautiful R8! I've played a lot of R7's and R8's and I remember this one Black Top R7, forget which year, that had a neck that felt like a Standard 50's! Very odd but I'm sure it felt right to someone. Anyway, a Gibson inconsistency worked in your favor it seems. Enjoy her! :AOK
     
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    Great looking guitar!
    Congrats!!
     
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    Mark is so easy to deal with. That's where I picked up my Oxblood this past winter (over the net though, not in person). Congrats on the pick up, it looks great!
     
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    02 is the best year for the R8s...

    Beautiful guitar. Get some more pics of the top from different angles!
     
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    That is one of the nicest looking Les Pauls I've ever seen!!!
     
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    While I don't agree with the first part of your post, I agree with the second and third.:BEER

    I bought my Nocaster from Mark. A pleasant transaction.
     
  9. The Golden Boy

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    Oh come on!!! :p

    02- the R9 lookin' tops, the 8-9 lb weights- basically an R9 for the R8 price!
     
  10. dzeitlin

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    That was my thinking. As I said, this neck is actually smaller than any of the R9s I played there. It is bigger than my GC60, but not by much. It actually feels very similar to the neck on the Johnson Strat. I'll get some more pics up either tomorrow or over the weekend.
     
  11. stratzrus

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    Sweeeet!

    Tasteful flames. That's how a Paul should look.

    stratzrus
     
  12. RickC

    RickC Gold Supporting Member

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    That's my former R8; small world, eh?

    /rick
     
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    wow, squeeze my lemon...............
     
  14. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    ...the observation on tops is just a generalization, I have an 01 R8 that fits that description perfectly... each guit is different so there will always be exceptions.
     
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    Yes, there's always exceptions- My early 01 R8 is pretty plain, but it looks really good from my perspective under stage lights. It just seems to me that 2002 was the year the R8s had the most beautiful tops- in my opinion.

    This is one of the 02 guitars I REALLY really wanted-

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    I ended up buying a 58 Special instead.

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  16. dzeitlin

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    Definately! Mark said that he's had this guitar in twice, and the second time it came in he didn't hesitate because he remembered how great it was. You have good taste.
     
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    esoteric pete Supporting Member

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    thats a great looing top on the axe man!
     
  18. Mutley

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    That's really pretty. And I'll bet is sounds great too. When you find one that sounds good to you, it shouldn't matter what it looks like. In your case you scored on both fronts. Congrats.
     
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    That's a nice looking guitar, good luck with it!
     

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