Yippee! I finally received my V.O.S. R8. I had been waiting for this for a couple of months now to arrive at my local store. I suggested they get one in and maybe I could be interested. Once I saw it, I didn't hesitate, I new it had to be mine. The guitar feel superb and rings birght and strong acoustically. The neck is nice and fat. I never thought I'd like fat necks but this one just seems to fit my hand perfectly. In order to purchase this I had to sell my LP Standard and SG Standard but I don't really regret either, although I was sure the LP Standard was going to be a keeper forever. This guitar seems so much much more responsive than either of these.... plus it has drop dead looks IMO. Anyway, I couldn't stop my shopping binge here. Atleast not as long as there was a second hand Marshall Hand Wired 1974X in the same shop. I scored quite a good deal when I bought both. I'd been eyeing these Marshalls for a year now but couldn't justify buying such an expensive amp. The R8 and the 1974X are a perfect combo. The 1974X breaks so early with the R8 and the crunch sounds are amazing. Turn it up and it sounds like molten lava. Blistering distortion, yet pretty articulate in a vintage way. The sound is vrey woody and grainy. Still not terrifyingly loud though surprisingly.Superb! Very reminiscent of the late Yardbirds/early Led Zep. And they look good together. Hope you enjoy! I'll ry and fix some audio clips at some stage. Edit for spelling!