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New Guitar Day

Post by screamingdaisy » Mon May 07, 2012 12:14 pm

Finally getting my Holy Grail.

Gibson R9. Not a big fan of the darker bursts or extreme flames... wanted a lemon or honey burst but this ice tea turned out kind of faded with subtle flames and I like the results.

I never thought I'd own one of these. I'd been working towards an R7 when the government dropped some extra money in my lap.

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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by benjamin801 » Mon May 07, 2012 12:34 pm

That's real, real pretty. :D

I'm a huge fan of that top you've got there. Gorgeous piece of maple with visible flame pattern in a nice color, yet not some crazy over-the-top AAAAA piece of PRS Private Stock.

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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by RR » Mon May 07, 2012 2:07 pm

That is right down gorgeous Les Paul! :D

I'm probably in the minority but I prefer pickguard on cherry sunburst flame maple Gibson Les Pauls. For me makes it more like vintage-y. I guess its too "Slash-ey" without pickguard.

You have to pardon me if I'm nostalgic. :wink:

Adambomb's previous post of his purple figured quilted maple top is fine without pickguard.

But then again, don't go out and drill the bracket and holes for a pickguard if you purchase it that way. :shock:

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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by YellowJacket » Tue May 08, 2012 1:13 am

Let me get this straight, this is an Iced Tea Burst custom shop Les Paul R9?

It's gorgeous no matter what it is. Have fun!

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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by screamingdaisy » Tue May 08, 2012 7:44 am

YellowJacket wrote:Let me get this straight, this is an Iced Tea Burst custom shop Les Paul R9?
Sunburst Ice Tea. It's a little lighter than the typical Ice Tea burst.
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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by RR » Tue May 08, 2012 11:20 am

Out of the Gibson loop for while, so that's Sunburst Ice Tea, not cherry sunburst.

Hope you don't mind me bookmarking this post. I have to gawk at it. :P

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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by J.J » Wed May 09, 2012 5:20 am

That guitar is seriously awsome and that is something you won't hear me say very often :mrgreen:

I have an R0 that I love, but rarely take out as always seems to good to use :lol: Anyone else feel like that ?

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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by screamingdaisy » Wed May 09, 2012 10:25 am

J.J wrote:Is this guitar going to be a working machine ?
Yes. I can't afford to buy something this expensive and not use it. I won't use it everywhere (some places are too risky to bring it), but in general I'll use it as much as possible.

I have an R6 that I've brought most places for a number of years with no issues other than a few dings and scratches. I was intending to buy it's humbucker twin (R7), but I wound up with some extra unexpected coin and this R9 was calling my name.
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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by MesaENGR412 » Wed May 09, 2012 12:52 pm

That top and finish are superb. Should call it Suntea Burst. I like it better than Ice Tea Burst. Congrats on the funds to be able to get such a fine instrument. Let us know how it sounds once you jam with it!

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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by knotts » Wed May 09, 2012 9:07 pm

Really nice. I'm a strat guy, but one of these days I'll pony up for one of these. I just hope it will look as good as yours. Good luck and enjoy.
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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by thejay » Thu May 10, 2012 7:33 pm

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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by bendo » Fri May 18, 2012 12:30 am

I love the grain on the top. R9s are the sh!t.
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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by screamingdaisy » Fri May 18, 2012 7:34 pm

Guitar arrived. It sounds like rock and roll. :twisted:
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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by screamingdaisy » Sat May 19, 2012 12:40 pm

Review...

This guitar sounds better than I thought it would. It pretty much nails the vintage Les Paul sound in a way I didn't know I was missing until I had this guitar. The guitar's tone is really balanced... good top and bottom end with neither mud nor harshness, but also without the bottom sounding thin or producing a dull top end. The neck and bridge pickups are really well matched in terms of tone and output. Light, airy, clarity, edgy, defined. All words I'd use to describe the way this guitar sounds.

Out of the bridge I'm getting some really cool alnico II sponge on lower strings without it feeling too soft and some ratty top end out of the high strings that adds an a bit of that "out of control" edge when soloing. The tone/volume pots work well, letting me round out the top end and bring the out of control back under control, depending upon my sonic needs at the time.

The pickups produce a slight scoop that gives the guitar a really woody response without sounding hollow. It's got rock and roll all over it.

I'm used to a Les Paul's neck pickup being boomy, but this guitar has none of that. The neck tone retains a lot of clarity and detail... I can even play with a lot of dirt and not have it mush up or loose definition.

Overall I'm extremely satisfied. I wanted a guitar that would produce tones that exceeded that of my '69 Goldtop and this guitar has exceeded it by such a huge margin that there is no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision.
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Re: New Guitar Day

Post by 94Tremoverb » Sun May 20, 2012 6:13 pm

I think that might be the nicest Les Paul I've ever seen.

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