I finally pulled the trigger and got an R9. I searched and played a bunch of R7,8,9's and this one just had everything I was looking for. Really comfortabe neck and pretty light at 8lb 9oz. The Custom Buckers sound good but I changed the pickups to Tone master pickups PAF copies. Really great sounding pickups made in Long Island NY. Ive had it about a month now and I love it more every day. It sounds huge and plays really great. Funny how they sprayed inside the cavity to make the flame stand out inside the guitar. Between this my CS 335 and my 60's relic Strat I couldn't be happier. My Summer tour starts in july and I can't wait to get her on the road.