R8/R9 experts- what years stand out?

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  1. memberzonly

    memberzonly Supporting Member

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    To the Les Paul experts....

    What years are considered the better regarded and less well regarded for R8 and R9 models and why?
     
  2. darkinners

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    I don't know which year standout but I do know 2003 R8 R9 has Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard.
     
  3. walterw

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    there's that (R7s too), and the '02 and a little earlier R8s still had killer bold flame tops (mine is an '02).

    the first '03 58 "plaintops" were freakin' plain, it was just in the last few years that the R8 plaintops have started to show some subtle flame again, nowadays some really awesome tops where the flame comes and goes depending on how you look at it.
     
  4. Faded

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    2013 and 2014 are considered to be the most accurate and some say best.

    Not all 2003 R9s had Brazilian btw. There were only 678 of them that did. The others had Madagascar Rosewood fingerboards.
     
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    I usually gauge by feel, (neck and weight) not look.
    To me,if it has a fat neck, and is sub 9 lbs it stands out, and 1999/2000 were clubs.
    I'll say it. Historics rock. Sure you might run into a dud from 94-today but they're pretty f'n blue chip.
    Like Lay's potato chips, betcha can't eat just one.
     
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    Here are the highest serial numbers of the 2003 Brazilian Rosewood historic LPs ... anything less has braz


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  7. GulfportBound

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    From 2009, and I've loved this R9 ever since receiving her in 2012 . . .

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    . . . and 2009 R9 owners I bump into rave about their R9s, too . . .
     
  8. Totally Bored

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    The best year is the one you own and love. Everybody is gonna say there's is the best
     
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    None, only individual instruments. QC at Gibson is all over and always has been, you need to go and play as many as you can find and buy one that you like. Forget years with Gibson.
     
  10. sidekick

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    Should be based on individual guitar whatever year ...

    Even so, regarded years in the 'standard' historic range, (in terms of tops, woods, finishing, 'accuracy', etc.,) would be the Tom Murphy finished models, 40th Anniversary '99 models, BR 'board confirmed '03 models, '07 models, 50th Anniversary models and the '13 models.

    The 2 piece layer 'boards on the '12 models tends to make them less desirable from a resale point of view.

    That list is by no means exclusive though and limited runs like the Rossington model have seemed highly regarded over the years.

    Personally, the CR models, (any year from late '04) appeal to me, being well regarded also by pro players who have had, (or still do) vintage LP's.
     
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    Yes this is the only reasons to look for certain years.:agree
     
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    The best LP I've ever played was a 2004, second was a 2005. BTW...the 2004 is for sale at Marks Guitar Loft...just can't afford it.
     
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    They say 1959 was a good year
     
  14. davess23

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    Many people say good things about the 01 and 02 flame top R8s. I have an 01 and I like it a lot.
     
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    Wow!!! Lucky you...
     
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    I have a 2009 R8 that I just love...I thought nothing could surpass my 2007 R8 but this one did...

    2009 is the year where they made some nice changes so to be more historically correct...
     
  17. murkat

    murkat I like sea otters Silver Supporting Member

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    As a former Luthier of the GCS,
    the mahogany on most 2007's was very very nice.
    Just like the old days.
     
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    All the years stand out, there is no consensus, just buy one you like.
     
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    Makes me feel good I have a '07 R8.:)
     
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    The best Historic year ever was 2013 because that's when this one was produced.

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