After spending a month with this 2014 Gibson R9, I've really come to bond with the guitar, it's the best electric guitar I've played/owned. Killer looks, feel, but I've discovered that it has the best tone I've personally heard in a guitar. I was playing it through my new Carvin Nomad 112 combo amp (I upgraded the speaker to a 12" Celestion) which replaced the same Carvin amp that I've had for 15 years. I was jamming along with blues/rock You Tube videos today and the guitar was putting out such monster tone I couldn't believe it. Couldn't put it down. Played for over three hours straight. Picture of Codyburst (that's what I call the R9, that's the name of the guitar finish and Cody is my dog's name) and the Carvin amp below, followed by a better photo of the R9 that shows the 'Burst better.