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Thread: NGD: 2002 R8

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    Les Paul Forum Member Tubes 'n Wood's Avatar
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    NGD: 2002 R8

    Hola!! First post as T'nW (formally "dfs69"), been a long time post stalker/limited poster, but the reason for my post...

    Recently acquired a 2002 R8, serial number 8 2633 (I will post pics tonight). First impressions... AMAZING!! Always wanted a R8 and finally got one. Amber-ish colored/figured top, baseball bat neck, weighing in at 9lbs 2oz. Very resonant/loud acousticly unplugged and plays like a dream.

    I understand the serial number, but have a question about the last three digits. I was curious if it tells the day it was built (like the old serial numbers that gave the julian date)? I dont know many specifics of it yet, but wanna research and learn as much as possible about my new #1! Like I said, I WILL post pics tonight, but wanted to post this.

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    Re: NGD: 2002 R8

    Pics! We need pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles58 View Post
    Pics! We need pics!
    Yes - pics!!

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    Re: NGD: 2002 R8

    8 for Reissue (1958) 2 for year of production (2002) 633 for 633rd guitar built that year. So early 2002, the experts will give you a closer timeframe but 1st quarter of 2002.

    Congratulations on your new Historic!

    Personally I think 2002 was one of the best years for the '58 Reissue.

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    Re: NGD: 2002 R8

    Thanx for the replies! "8 for Reissue (1958) 2 for year of production (2002) 633 for 633rd guitar built that year."... I understood all of this, and THINK I know that it was the 633rd guitar built out of all the '58 reissues that year, but didnt understand "when" in '02 it was built? madformac, is there a place to find when it was made? Its cool that now I know it was an early '02. I tried the gibson website and all it gives is info I already have. I'll post pics tonight
    T 'n W

    2002 R8
    1969 Twin Reverb
    1969 Vibrolux Reverb

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    Re: NGD: 2002 R8

    Quote Originally Posted by Tubes 'n Wood View Post
    is there a place to find when it was made?
    Have you tried Gibson Customer service. They are very good at giving info on vintage Gibsons, so they should also be able to help with newer ones.
    Compared to today Gibson did not build many Historics in 2002, so if the number only refers to the Custom shop I would say that 633 suggests later in the year.
    Looking forward to hearing more and seeing pics !!

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    Re: NGD: 2002 R8

    Just messaged Gibson... hopefully I'll get a quick response?!
    T 'n W

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    T 'n W

    2002 R8
    1969 Twin Reverb
    1969 Vibrolux Reverb

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    Nice!!!!
    You make me want to pick up a guitar and celebrate the myriad ways that I love you.

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    Re: NGD: 2002 R8

    Nice score - Congrats & HNGD

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    Re: NGD: 2002 R8

    Cool, welcome to the '02 R8 club!
    '02 R8 in Washed Cherry
    '85 Jackson Soloist
    '08 Charvel USA San Dimas
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    Re: NGD: 2002 R8

    TYVM!! Ive lived with this R8 for awhile now and Im still amazed with it!? The only thing Im not sure about is the pots? They seem linear?! Debating putting in a CTS pot kit/50's style wiring with BB's I have and my set of early patent# picks now, or waiting till after my first chance to play a full gig with her and see how I like the current set up? Ill update this post later...
    T 'n W

    2002 R8
    1969 Twin Reverb
    1969 Vibrolux Reverb

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    Re: NGD: 2002 R8

    Nice fiddle. Welcome to the machine.

    Only a GIBSON will do.

    "I just try to keep my fingers between the binding". Tom Wittrock

    Isaiah 38:20: The Lord will save me,
    and we will sing with stringed instruments
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