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NGD-- 2003 LP with Braz board

Nuclearfishin

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Hey fellas, I thought I'd show a couple pics of my new (used) R9 I picked up this week. It's a 2003 with a Brazilian board, everything totally stock. It's the nicest looking guitar I own, and the best part...now I can start some cool mods on my R7 which I was afraid to mess with until now. What do you all recommend for pickups? I know the RS kits get great reviews around here. Anything else?





 

BluesForDan

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wow, for a second there, I thought I was looking at one of my old guitars.

Very nice.
 

Nuclearfishin

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Thanks fellas--as for new pickup recommendations for my R7, what are the 'over the pond guy' pickups like compared to some of the other higher end replacements?
 

Bluedawg

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Welcome to the '03 braz P club ...


very very nice


There's a guy on the LP forum with a guitar just like yours ... he just bought his, too ;)



:banana
 

architect

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check out shed pickups...another builder from the UK who gets a lot of props from the boys over at the mylespaul forum. They are priced really well too.
 

Shnook

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OMG! That's one of the nicest looking Les Paul's I've ever seen! Great score! And fantastic fretboard to boot! :AOK
 

GAD

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Hey fellas, I thought I'd show a couple pics of my new (used) R9 I picked up this week. It's a 2003 with a Brazilian board, everything totally stock. It's the nicest looking guitar I own, and the best part...now I can start some cool mods on my R7 which I was afraid to mess with until now. What do you all recommend for pickups? I know the RS kits get great reviews around here. Anything else?


That is the best picture of Brazillian I've ever seen. Well done! Awesome reference.

I have a 2003 R9 that's a killer guitar, but not braz.

As for pickups, give a call to Jim at WCR. He'll hook you up. My LP is a monster with WCR Goodwoods in it. It's so good I got a set of Ironmans for my Jackson. At $300 or so a pair they're not cheap, but a guitar like that deserves them. :)

GAD
 

xdisciplex

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thats a beautiful guitar, i had a chance to buy a couple of those 03 lesters with the braz fretboard when they came out and like a dumb ass i passed them up.
 

Nuclearfishin

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I think so too!

Try the MapleFlame mod on your R7 for greater clarity and definition.
I never heard of that before, but I just looked it up and it looks pretty straight forward. Can you really hear a difference? I'm going to try it since the R9 sounds identical to the R7, I'll have a good reference point after the mod.

Cheers!
 

bluesjuke

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On my R8 the lower strings got a lot tighter with a piano type tone.
All of the strings had a better balance across the board.
The guitar didn't get brighter per se but rather gained a very nice clarity.

Have not done it to my R6 yet but haven't had it all that long either but I will.
 

lukeII

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Any interest in selling that beauty?
Man he just bought it last week, .

Braz R9s are collectible so I would think twice about modding it as mods are not a good idea from a collector value perspective. I would certainly pay less for a Braz that had been modded even if the mods improved the guitar. On these I reckon the only upgrade that would add value would be PAFs.

If it is a keeper and you want to mod it.... knock yourself out.
 

Tidewater Custom Shop

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I never heard of that before, but I just looked it up and it looks pretty straight forward. Can you really hear a difference? I'm going to try it since the R9 sounds identical to the R7, I'll have a good reference point after the mod.

Cheers!

Beautiful board on your new R9 -

I did the Maple Top mod to my '82 30th LP, but added a Callaham ABR-1 at the same time. With those two running, yes, I hear a difference. Not astonishing, because the guitar sounded really good before. However, I can feel the difference - the resonance of this 'system' is very present... better than before and I attribute the improvement in tone to this combo, and the resonance directly to the Maple Top mod. It feels more alive.
 

danelectro

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Very nice! It looks like that board might be in need of a little oil.

Regarding pickups, Throbak SLE-101 Plus MXV's are my favorites. WCR Crossroads are very nice as well.
 

Boxnix

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If he did an RS kit or pups and kept the original parts would that help the investment value or does new solder joints kill it?
 




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