As much as I love my R9, it's just way too rich for my blood. I found a Standard that I fell in love with and I'm happier that I now have more of a work-horse than a sportscar. More than half the price, but not half in quality and tone! To be honest tone-wise and feel-wise, I don't feel/hear a huge difference. I know they are a bit different, the R9 burstbucker and the standard (I was told 57's, but I have doubts, still need to open it). My R9 (2006) Standard (2005) **Update after more than a year owning the guitar. I am still in love! Upgraded the plastics, hardware, caps . I honestly love this guitar than my old R9.