NGD R9 - Thanks to all the helped educate me!

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  1. Rango

    Rango Supporting Member

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    EDIT -> Thanks to all THAT helped educate me... Figures I'd make a typo the one place you can't fix it! LOL!!!
    I don't post often but I'm on the for sale sections here EVERY DAY! :beer
    So to those that wrote thoughtful, helpful replies to all my pm’s and posts – you know who you are – THANK YOU. :cool:

    To the authors of several great educational posts on LP’s, pricing, how to buy - On here, The Les Paul Forums and over at My Les Paul – THANK YOU TOO. :dude

    My take on the wisdom that was passed on was - BE patient, persistent and you’ll find the right guitar at the right price. I took a look at the CLOSED auctions on EBay...backed out the fees and came up with what I thought the fair market price was on a used R9 right now. 3500 plus or minus for top, VOS, Gloss... :BluesBros

    After a month I was starting to wonder if I was going to find one!. Then I came across a Craig's list ad and happened to look. It didn’t even SAY Les Paul in the title, it was “LP and JCM800”. It was fairly close to me so I open it and there was an R9! JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR – Nice burst, Good flame but not pin stripes or BBQ, nice wood grain too with some mineral flecks. Price was within reason, unlike so many.... ;)

    Emailed a couple of times, pic’s looked good. Original owner, COA, no damage, all original R9. Talk on the phone, the guys is 70 and has the big “C”. Parting out some things to help with the bills. I’d already done my homework and knew what a fair price to me was and I make the offer. I like to haggle as much as anybody but I was going to play this straight. I made the offer and explained how I came to the number. He’s interested but says “not yet”.... Writes me later and says “It's really not the money so much as layin' over on your first offer. You know”... I explained that I didn’t think low balling somebody in his situation was good for my karma. :noevilBut I’d offer less, and he could counter, if it would make him feel better! LOL!!! After a few hours I got an email saying it was mine if I wanted it. :omg

    Met up at the Costco in between us. As soon as he opened the case I knew it was mine. Here was an R9 that had literally been in the case since purchase, not a mark on it anywhere, Original strings with no corrosion, all the case candy still sealed in the bags, strap, Truss Rod tool. I asked him if he ever played it, he said he ran scales on it a couple of times but he had a Strat that he liked, so that’s what he played. He had bought it as a gift to himself after 25 years sober. He bought it at....wait for it....Guitar Center! Still had the original receipt! We talked for an hour AFTER the deal. He was happy, I was thrilled! I got to play it for a few hours today and it’s a keeper!

    Here’s some pictures!

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    Very cool. Good story to og with it!
     
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    Beautiful guitar and a nice transaction. Congrats!
     
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    Beautiful...

    That's a great looking R9... one to hand down to your children.

    :D

    M
     
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    congrats!! great story too
     
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    Nice R9!!!

    Welcome to the club.

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    Great guitar; congrats!!
     
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    Absolutely superb, big congrats. My dream Les Paul...exactly like that. Good story to go with it too. Patience always pays off for things like this....just wish I would remember this when GAS'ing for something.
     
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    Welcome to the R9 family!
     
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    Excellent find and beautiful guitar.

    Sorry for the seller with cancer. He must have been pleased to sell it to someone who could appreciate it.
     
  14. Rango

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    It really gave me mixed emotion. :huh

    But he was going to sell it, and I'm going to give it a good home! :aok

    I've email him to thank him and keep in touch. It's always cool to make a connection with another member of the musician family. :BluesBros
     
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    blownirocz Suppoutin' Memba Since Dem Oud Dayz... Silver Supporting Member

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    Congrats! Just bought one myself. It's supposed to arrive tomorrow. Can't wait!
     
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    Club R9 has another member. Congoratz. :)
     
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    Thanks guys! :D

    It's kind of wild to hold guitar that you consider the "Grail". :bow

    I'm in touch with the original owner. He asked me if I liked the set up!? I didn't know it had been done... Turns out he took it new to "Eric's Guitars" in LA to get it set up. Eric is held in high regard. I first hear of him when the Tech I use told me THAT IS who he'd go to if he needed something done he couldn't handle.;)

    Ever sit down and play.... look up and THREE HOURS have passed? :omg
    I think we "bonded".:love:
     
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    Hope to have mine next week Rango. Enjoy yours.
     
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    Wait. Mine is an R0. Does that mean I have to start my own club?
     
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    On the other hand, I'm not sure I want to be in any club that would have me as a member, so it's probably all for the best.
     

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