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You have between 2.5 and 3.5k to spend.... Do you look for 2007 R7, wait a bit for some 2013's to come on the used market, or do you get an early 70's like you had in high school?
I would play as many as possible until I found the one I liked (that's what I did with my 2005 R6). I'm not all that concerned with the variations that Gibson Custom has done over the years, although I realize many do track this sort of thing. When I'm shopping for a guitar, I'm really only concerned with how a guitar plays and sounds. I could really care less about hide glue or the kind of dye on the back (mine doesn't have either of these 2013 upgrades and it sounds incredible).'07 or a '13?
From all of the reading I've been doing on multiple forums, these turn up as outstanding years for Gibson Custom shop wood and manufacturing. I'm not looking at those exclusively, but they seem to be prime years and it made the choices simpler for the sake of this discussion. Would love to hear other opinions... I'm on a fact finding mission after all.Why limit your R7 search to those two years?
I could care less about the screw counting crap and go with another '96-'99 R7. Some damn good wood there and excellent sounding to boot.You have between 2.5 and 3.5k to spend.... Do you look for 2007 R7, wait a bit for some 2013's to come on the used market, or do you get an early 70's like you had in high school?
Opposite experience. My '69 P-90 Goldtop, routed for humbuckers, was a tone turd. The three R7s I've owned have all been far superior in sound and playability in my experience.I've had two R7 Goldtops and I never fell in love with either. Had three 70's, routed-for-humbuckers, pancake-body, heavy-as-all-get-out Deluxe's and loved every single one many time more.