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! So to those that wrote thoughtful, helpful replies to all my pm’s and posts – you know who you are – THANK YOU. 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. 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... 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. But 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. 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!