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    First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket I'm curious why I never see any all original first year Historic R9 Burst's for sale? EVER! Even deep in the Vintage news ads. I have managed to find and hoard three 1994 Historic R9's and have stashed all in the brown Lifton style cases that finally arrived in 99 with all the original case candy, receipts, personal notes, original Gibson Historic Catalogs, etc. All have one thing in comin. Highly figured flamed ribbon Burst ice tea tops. Nothin too wacky or 3-D though. Over the years these were hand picked out to closely match the deep Tiger ribbons of the best looking originals. I am posting the only shot I have with me at the time. Of all of the three 94''s this one was aquired from Joe Ganzler about 10-years ago when he was the undisputed Historic Monarch of Maple! I'll post other shots upon request. The serial number falls into the range when Tom Murphy was still painting the tops. This 1994 serial number is 9 4177. I am just a big fan of (ALL ORIGINAL) believe me given enough time the pickup covers start to look like old Zippo lighters all on their own, without any fake aging. The interesting thing about this particular 94 is that the top is so consistant and deep that although the pick guard was supplied, it was never drilled out on the top or binding side. Just showed up inside the interior case pocket.
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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    ...join photobucket,it's free,load pics to there,then to here...

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    I sold 3 94 Murphys this year! And 93 was the first year, BTW. About a dozen prototypes 9 0001 to 9 0012, (which had CORRECTLY SHAPED INLAYS BTW) And then they started the 9 3001 format. The first 25 Flametops and the first 15 Goldtops finished by Murphy. Then He did all of the ones in 94 till Nov 2nd. Just under 200 R9s about 50 R8s and I don't know how many R7 or R0s.

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Yo..... That info was very helpful. Thanks much!
    Last edited by usalchemy; 06-20-09 at 03:57 PM.

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Thanks Mike for the quick email reply! That helped a lot!
    Last edited by usalchemy; 06-20-09 at 03:57 PM.

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Hell yeah, I HAD a 93 Historic R9 with cert.
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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Me too, I have a 93' with korina back (9 300x) with brw. board and real 59' inlays! hee hee..it is sweet!

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    I used to have a '94 R7, what a neck it had, great guitar. 9 lb 5 oz. I was in a 'the lighter the better' phase, and it evenually got traded. If I ever get the chance again, I'm latching on.
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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Quote Originally Posted by privatestock View Post
    Me too, I have a 93' with korina back (9 300x) with brw. board and real 59' inlays! hee hee..it is sweet!
    Just before they made the Historics they made a few Korinas with the 3 0xxx SN sequence. They were some of the last PreHistorics. This is the first I have heard of a Historic Korina from 93!!

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    there was a 93 historic R9 on the bay just within the last month or so, all the correct attributes

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Yes I saw that one. The tops flames were just too razor straight for my tastes.

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    What's wrong with you guys?!

    or course!

    and thanks!

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    pics- nerds!

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    I am sorry, I have retained no pictures of mine!! I am sure they are scattered on the Historic forum though!!

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    my old 94 9 4036

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    AHHHH! That's better! Thanks Mike!


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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    I have two!


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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Quote Originally Posted by lpflametop View Post
    I have two!

    rob did you see the 2006 VOS R9 at route66 that looks just like the bengal a bit?

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    I saw that, It looks like a nice guitar but I have seen very few that can rival the guitars of the 90's, The 07's have really been good. I wish they still double stained some of the nicer ones. I know they are not authentic
    but they sure are beautiful to look at....!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Rob you could not be more right. the mid 90's were awesome
    96 and 95 here

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Great Guitars, I just love those '90s tops

    Early '97


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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    I saw a '94 at the Arlington show, the guy said it was generating any interest. I was very interested, but couldn't afford it or I would have snatched it. She was a beauty, had the kind of top that looks like it's wavy. Awesome.



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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Turns out I DO have a picture of the Last 94 Murphy I sold 9 4059

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeG59 View Post
    Rob you could not be more right. the mid 90's were awesome
    96 and 95 here

    Love that 96 Mike

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    thank you sir

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    +1 !!!

    Thanks guys!


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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Quote Originally Posted by usalchemy View Post
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    So, when are we going to see the rest of this guitar already? C'mon, show us what you got...it looks awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by lpflametop View Post
    I have two!

    And Rob, these are still a couple of my all-time favorites!

    I don't have much of my own to contribute. Of course, my Brock 2 is a '94 Murphy, but it was a re-fin. Here's the only original '94 Murph that I have...not the most spectacular top, but I've always loved the color:



    Frank

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals

    Untouched except a pickup swap here's 9 4026.. my favorite les paul including a few 1950's conversions and a bunch o' historics...

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    Re: First Year Production Historic R9's 1994 All Originals



    The color in this last one is waaay too red compared with the look in person...

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