And the gold paint on the R7 adds a serious bump in the top end. Just axe Rev Blly G.Unburst said:R7='57 Historic Reissue, Goldtop.
R9='59 Historic Reissue, sunburst and flame maple top.
In real terms the difference is the fancy top on the R9 and a $1000 price hike.
Johnnytone said:Also keep in ming that Gibson uses the lightest wood for the R9s, then the R8s, then the R7s. FWIW.
Rusty G. said:Not all R7's are goldtops! I've got a FLAME RED R7 that's incredible.
johnspeck said:FWIW, my R7 is both. It has the standard Goldtop, but looking closely, you can see the flame underneath. The control cavity shows the maple top has great flames. I've seen another on the LPF that is so obviously a flametop that it might get refinned.