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  1. re: [Well, in my opinion the wording upgrade largely depends on personal taste, so I tend to using the general term modification.] That's a really good point. Thnx.
  2. My main guitar is an old 335, but I've decided to begin getting informed about excellent Les Pauls, so that when I'm ready to buy, I'll have done a lot of the reading and learning ahead of time. Reading many threads here (as a great place to start), I was surprised to find that so many R9 owners upgrade so many of the parts - and especially the pups! To me, the pups would be a big deal to be sure I love em. Should I expect to buy an R9 and then upgrade pups? Seems odd on such a high quality (and therefore expensive) guitar.
  3. I've owned and played both and, to me, there's a real difference in how the two feel and sounds. Someone summed it up well, when they said (re semi-hollow body electrics) the trapeze makes the guitar more hollow body and the stop tail makes it more solid-body. I prefer the look of the trapeze and the playability and sound of the stop tail (which is what I use, since I can't justify having both at the moment.)
  4. I owned one in the past. Since your post is from December, I'd guess you already made your decision! Did you buy one? Do you like it?
  5. I really should use my real camera, instead of my iPhone! But here's a shot of my two vintage Gibsons. The 335 is a '64 and the 225 is a '68, I believe.
  6. I think the stained inside looks great on the black guitar! Way less contrast than it would with naked wood. For the cherry guitars, I guess it could go either way. For sunbursts, I prefer no stain inside.
  7. I think (just about) everything on the guitar will affect its tone, and since it's made of wood, it will even change over time. From a gear geek perspective, I love hounding out what may account for different tones, etc, but in practice, since there are so many variables, I think you stick with whatever happens to sound good. I don't think you can buy all the right pieces and expect/hope it will add up to the right sound, even though it should. At the same time, I totally understand your need for the guitar with the right look. Hope you find one with both!
  8. Have you bought your guitar? Curious which one you went with. I've owned a dot reissue and a 50th anniv 1960. The dot reissue happened to sound better and the 50th anniv looked better. I think with 335s it really depends on the specific guitars in question. I've played some dot reissues which didn't sound good to me at all and the same for the 50th anniv ones, but I've also played excellent versions of both. Assuming you found two that both sounded good (to you), it just depends on how important the visual aesthetic differences are to you and what they're worth. I way prefer the vintage specs and looks of the 50th anniv guitars (the thinner, yellowed binding, the knobs and the tuners) and am willing to pay more for them, but that's entirely subjective.
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