What's the Difference Between Les Paul Historic R7 Dark and Light Back Versions

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  1. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

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    anyone know? Which R7 historic is better sounding, appointments, etc?? Any years especially considered great years for manufacturing the R7s?
     
  2. satinsixstring

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    Not to sound condesending in anyway, but I am pretty sure the differance between the lightback and the darkback is just that - a light or a dark back and neck.
     
  3. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

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    thanks- I understand it's sort of a dumb question, I was told to get a darkback one if possible, but my buddy didn't say why??
     
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    The darkback one's probably rarer.
     
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    The darkback looks cooler when you're playing those behind-the-head solos.
     
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    Ketchup stains are less obvious on the darkback.
     
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    Generally speaking I have found the darkback to be darker and the lightback to be....well........
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    These are 2 extreme examples, cause my darkback is almost black and my lightback is very light, they all varry a bit.
     
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    Phil M Supporting Member

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    It's all just preference, so if you happen to like the lightback better, get that. I had a lightback and it was purty.
     
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    I always preferred the lightback because it shows the wood better. There are no bad years for R7's , and the bigger the neck the better !
     
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    I have heard Gibson started the Darkback to cover up inconsistencies in the wood...anyone?
     
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    I like dark meat on chickens, but light backs on Les Pauls.
     
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    other than color, i don't think there's any difference.

    i have a 2005 R7.

    there's a thread on the LPForum regarding weight, and many commented on a little something special about that year...medium weight (avg 9-9.5 lbs), a handful (including mine) are flametops under the gold, great sounding/playing guitar.

    if i was looking for another, i'd look for a 2005. ;)
     
  13. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    The flame under Gold can be true for any year.

    R7's are generally fairly consistant.
    Light , dark- your preference.
     
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    I have a darkback and I can still see the grain of the wood well through the stain... I can't pick out any flaws or knots...
     
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    like chocolate - like or dark - just a visual thing
     
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    Mine is Walnut back. Kind of between the two.
     
  18. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

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    nothing different...aesthetics
     

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