Al, in this case the neck is ever so slightly larger than my '13 R9's but a pleasure to play. Also, it's slightly less bright. It likes the bridge position where the R9's prefer the the neck to my ear. I'm very impressed with 2013's overall. This is a good one IMHO. Not a do it all, best I've ever heard, but a really nice out of the box, plug it in and go guitar. A great value at the price point...That is EXCELLENT!! I LOVE THAT COLOR!!! Top is the kind I really like. Riffcut, I got a "Plaintop" R8 too that I love, but yours is just so right. Mine has the same neck profile as my 2013 R9 so double bonus! Man that is sweet!