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Anyone know what year R8's had flame???

LesterP

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I was curious as to what years did R8's have flame. I know 01's and 02's had some killer flame. Plaintops since 03? What about R8's from the 90's? Seems that plaintops and flamed/figured tops were floating around, but am curious if specific years favored one over the other.

Thanks :)
 

holygrail

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There were at least 2 in 03 :ahem
Here's mine .


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klatuu

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I believe R8's were available with flame or plaintop every year until '05 when the plaintop was standardized for the model. I suppose special ordered ones could still be had with a flame top now, but not at the reduced price.
 

holygrail

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klatuu said:
I believe R8's were available with flame or plaintop every year until '05 when the plaintop was standardized for the model. I suppose special ordered ones could still be had with a flame top now, but not at the reduced price.

All R8's became plane tops in 2003 .

BadAssBill - Thanks ! :)
 

6L6

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I also know of one '03 R8 with a blistertop but as a rule, R8's from '03 - present had plaintops which makes the 01-02 R8's a good deal, the best of both worlds IMO. '98 R8's were also a good year for wood but are not as correct.
 

Dave Carpenter

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1958 Reissues went to plain tops on the Gibson price sheet in January 2003. There were quotes already in place for special R8s with Flame and Qulit and those were honored and built out in 2003 as quoted in 2002. New orders in 2003 for special quotes for figured 1958s were rarley done from what I can tell. I know of just four. I am sure there could be more.
 

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That's a really nice top Holy grail, you're a lucky man
 

LesterP

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I just found an old post from Mike Slub (from around late 02'). He stated that R8's only came in Flame/Figure tops for model years 98' 01' and 02'. Obviously a few existed in 03'. Seems these figured 58's only existed for a short time. :)
 

LesterP

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Don't quote me but I don't think R8's were made in 99' and 00'. They were made up to 98', then re-introduced for 01'.
 

D'Mule

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I will gladly answer the call! My '02 R8 in washed cherry sunburst.

<img src="http://www.tc.umn.edu/~muell002/R8%20chair2!.jpg" border="0" alt="" />
 

klatuu

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LesterP said:
Don't quote me but I don't think R8's were made in 99' and 00'. They were made up to 98', then re-introduced for 01'.

Whoa, mine just got in under the gun.....completion date 12/17/98

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markguitar

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LesterP said:
I was curious as to what years did R8's have flame. I know 01's and 02's had some killer flame. Plaintops since 03? What about R8's from the 90's? Seems that plaintops and flamed/figured tops were floating around, but am curious if specific years favored one over the other.

Thanks :)

Sometimes a simple question is hard to get an answer to around here!
Figured top '58's were available in '97-'98 then not again until '01 -'02 ;)
 

LesterP

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Thanks Mark,
I should of known that you would come through with the answer. Thanks to everyone else, as it was nice to see some pic's of various figured top R8's. :)
 
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