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Man,That's a nice looking burst! You paid 3250.00 how long ago? Are left over Y2K's still available at that price? Seems like a great deal considering the 4500.00 current price. I got to get me one of those soon. I'm probably going to get the R8 because of the huge difference in price. If I could find an R9 like yours for the same price, I couldn't turn that down. Hope I get lucky!
Well, I got it from Dave's guitar when Dave was at the arlington show in texas in oct 2000. its a funny story actually, the guitar was sitting on the stand, and it was with all the other $3995 figuretops, but this one didn't have the price on it because somebody must have checked it out and didn't put the price card back on it. The way the lights were hitting it it had a very mild almost plain look to it, so I pulled it off the stand and POW, the light hits it and the flame just exploded on it. I thought it was way cool how it did the flip flop houdini thing like the 50s bursts, and the flame just had that look. Anyway I'm looking at it and it just felt SO right, and I figured I would be cool and look for the price card to put back on it when I was done. I find the card face down under another guitar, and when I looked at it , it read $3250. I almost shit, so I ran to Dave and said " THIS is $3250?" Dave says, "yeah its one of those reduced price ones because the top is subdude". I f**King lost my mind, and in a nano second I handed dave a deposit. I have double cream duncans in it now, it looks great. FUNNIER yet, was that dave had JUST sent me 0685 , which is the one that plaintop 59 in the posts above was ranting about, I got that the DAY before I left for texas, so when I got home I didn't touch 0685, because 0908 was still F**king with my mind, it was just what I was trying to find to compliment the eye candy tops I had . Man, life in the burst lane. Anyway, you can find Y2k R9s in the low to mid 3K area that look like this no problem, just keep your eyes open.
Sadly, I wasn't with RICH when he discovered this guitar, so I missed the first wave of his freak-out. I was, as I recall, talking to Charlie and Joe at the time. But I did manage to wander back that way eventually, and the first thing RICH did when he saw me was pull my ass over to the case and gloat.
It was right after that the Sean submitted to the will of The Gods and ponied up for Goldie, while BrianG thumbed his nose at them and snubbed Goldie's twin sister. It was very soon after that the the skies darkened, clouds formed, and it started raining. It rained for most of the rest of the weekend, and the next day, when Brian and Fred left for the airport, the SECOND they stepped foot in the parking lot they were nearly drowned.
Such is the wrath of the Guitar Gods.
( BrianG, I believe I told you you'd never live that down?)