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Prehistoric Gibson les paul R9 any good?

hopkinwfg

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serial number should be 6_XXXX if it's the "flame top 59 reissue".
Thanks Zack !! But am not sure to buy it or not... cause its a 38 years old guitar... the fretboard looks brownish.... lol thou it has a beautiful quilted top but i quess a 2000s R9 would have a better wood...?
 

jimmi

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Thanks Zack !! But am not sure to buy it or not... cause its a 38 years old guitar... the fretboard looks brownish.... lol thou it has a beautiful quilted top but i quess a 2000s R9 would have a better wood...?
Depends on what you are looking for. I have a ‘81 Leo’s special reissue and it is easily better than most modern reissues. It isn’t the as accurate cosmetically as the most recent reissues (but the top carve is closer than all but the most recent reissues) but a fantastic LP.
 

Wizard1183

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I have been playing for 30 yrs, played in a bunch of bands, did sessions etc and I have no idea what these descriptions are supposed to be describing.
It simply describes how much money you’re willing to spend to be less more accurate
 

hopkinwfg

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Take no prisoners guys... i agree the word we describe on tone is way hard to understand lol...

But i recently send off my R7 BB for a refinish and it came with nice original finishing work and immaculate work... but i realise my R7 BB has changed its tone to brighter, less of the big mid tone which i used to hear, it now sound acoustically richer on the treble side of tone more ringgy clear and more scooped... compares to my other R8 i have its loud mid heavy tone it produced .....

My R8 when i strummed the chords it never go missing out on the sound i hear... its just rich on the mids and each strings rings out profoundly...

Contrary... to my R7 BB it now became so bright clear and "scooped" that when i play it sometimes get lost acoustically lol

Am confused if the refinishing work could have changed the R7 BB tone...?
 

jimmi

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It simply describes how much money you’re willing to spend to be less more accurate
I don’t know about that. I own some expensive guitars . I feel like some of this is a fairly recent phenomenon and a result of Gibson marketing over the last 20ish years …at least it is for me. I worked in a music store in college. Never tried to describe a guitar’s sound like this. I had never weighed a guitar ever. Some were heavy some weren’t..end of story.
 

jb_abides

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Am confused if the refinishing work could have changed the R7 BB tone...?

Could be: maybe less coats including less clear coats at that. Or would that be more...?

But have you considered that something else might have changed? For example, maybe the set-up to include pickup heights... upon reassembly?

Or perhaps your memory differs from the reality of now?
 

hopkinwfg

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Could be: maybe less coats including less clear coats at that. Or would that be more...?

But have you considered that something else might have changed? For example, maybe the set-up to include pickup heights... upon reassembly?

Or perhaps your memory differs from the reality of now?
Mmmm could be the case thou.... but i remember the first time i bought and played an LP was my 1957 BB R7 ... always wanted one.... gotten it used at a nice price and nice weight at round 9lbs 15oz... and played unplugged it was pretty loud and has that didtinctive girth mid high tone and sustain was incredible.... which led me to a Heritage H150 and an R8 in plain top....

It could probably be the polished up frets whom they did and relief is dead straight on my LP R7..... i probably adjust the truss rod abit for a slight arc bow and polish up my R8 and see how both sound again....

The Gibson LP historics are just too special... never knew i would like it this far ....
 

Wizard1183

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I don’t know about that. I own some expensive guitars . I feel like some of this is a fairly recent phenomenon and a result of Gibson marketing over the last 20ish years …at least it is for me. I worked in a music store in college. Never tried to describe a guitar’s sound like this. I had never weighed a guitar ever. Some were heavy some weren’t..end of story.
I was being sarcastic lol
 
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