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  1. Thank you everyone. The guitar is absolutely phenomenal. I'm starting to miss the R0 a little bit, but I much prefer the R9 and I can't bring myself to part ways with my 2017 Bourbon Burst Standard. It's probably just GAS lol. I might just have to get an R0 for my 40th birthday in 2021, which was my original plan for the R9, but I made the mistake to play the one I ended up getting. I'm curious about one thing, but I didn't want to start a new thread for such a trivial question. The medallions that covers the switch cavity on the 60th Anniversary R9s come with a small diamond. Does anyone know by any chance if it's a real diamond? Part of me thinks it's more likely to be zirconium diamond or something else that is made to look like a diamond, but the guitar is expensive enough that it could be the real thing. I haven't found anything online yet and perhaps someone has better luck with the right combination of words on Google. No it's not going to make a difference at all on how I see the guitar and I don't think real diamonds would give me a better tone 😂, but I'm just very curious to know.
  2. I totally agree. The first time I saw a LP shape guitar in person, I was in my late teens. My girlfriend at the time was a vocalist in a band and the lead guitarists pulls this LP shaped guitar from the case and that was when I knew if I'd ever owned an electric guitar it would be similar. Fast forward several years, I decide to take guitar more seriously. I knew the major, minor and dominant 7 chords and I could already play bare chords, but I usually play on other people's guitars, but I decided I wanted one for myself. First I got a fender solid top acoustic guitar that came in a kit, because I was always told that's the way to start. I got a teacher to come to my place to teach me and he convinced me to get an electric. He would bring his electric guitars and would have me play his electric and he would borrow my acoustic guitar for the lesson. The first electric guitar that he brought was a real Les Paul. I still remember how I was instantly in love with that guitar. I was in grad school back then and I couldn't afford even a good Epiphone Les Paul. My girlfriend at the time (different from the vocalist) got me a Samick Gregg Bennett Avion Av-3 in heritage cherry. I replaced the stock pups with SD JD and 59s and I absolutely loved that guitar. The pickguard, headstock and somewhat the body was different from a real Les Paul. The guitar itself was going for $300 if I remember correctly, while a lot of the good Epiphones were around $500, which was a huge defference for a grad student. Once I finish grad school and was an year working at a good job I got a real Gibson Les Paul. Funny thing is that I always convinced myself that my Avion with SD pickups were just as good as any Gibson, until I played a real Gibson again, since last time had been with my teacher's guitar trough a Rolland Micro Cube or some other small solid state amp. I think there are several good options for people who can't afford that are not counterfeit and yet are really nice comfortable guitars after a proper setup. The store who sold the Avion gave me a free first setup and he did an amazing job.
  3. https://forum.gibson.com/topic/147790-looking-for-all-yalls-feedback-on-my-1st-gibson/ If they are going after this sort of thing linked above, good for them. Or guitar makers who try to pass a forgery as a true original burst. I honestly don’t know if that’s the correct business decision, though. As for the TV and movies thing, I understood he was they were talking about a tv show or movie, not people performing on tv. A deal regarding brands that show up on tv series and movies can usually be mutually beneficial, like Audi and Iron Man, or Avengers and Acura. As for Mark Agnesi, he always looked like that. He used to work for Norman’s Vintage Guitars and had the experience of playing several original bursts, pre-war and post-war vintage Martins, vintage fenders among other things. The dude knows his guitars.
  4. Ride across the river - Dire Straits 🙂
  5. I think that's a 2016 1959 Standard Historic, but I'm no expert. I think the 2015 CS9 Historic had serial numbers starting with CSx (x=8, 9, 0 for 1958, 1959, 1960 respectively), but if someone has more reliable info than my memory, please chime in and correct anything I've said.
  6. I had G-Force on a 2017 Les Paul Standard HP for a little under 3 years. I never had any issues with it. It stayed in tune and it was super convenient to change tunings. It was a bit more laborious to change strings, though. With that said, in two instances, I’ve spent 5 minutes with a 2015 SG with G-force and realized how terrible they were. 5 minutes with each guitar is all it took. Gibson improved them drastically in 2016 and 2017. The 2015 G-Force were awful. If it were my guitars, I’d replace the G-Force with Grover locking tuners.
  7. I know what it was and I love this documentary so much I watched it again. Many thanks. Mark Knopfler is one of my favorite guitar players. It’s funny that in my childhood I associated him with a LP because I would listen to the Brother In Arms LP album. Although at the time I couldn’t differentiate the sound of a LP and a Strat, in the Money for Nothing music video he’s playing a LP.
  8. I just like cleaner no pickguard look better, so yest I take them off. Since I’ve been unjustly accused of showing off, I thought I should show off so @FZ Fan doesn’t get accused of being unfair. You’re welcome 😄
  9. Funny that is what I was going to do. The R0/G0 is objectively a superior guitar than the LHS Bourbon Burst. However, I couldn’t bring myself to part with LHS Bourbon burst because it had just too much sentimental value to me. It brings me back to the when I proposed to my wife, our wedding, our daughter, the first time I played on a stage, and my first band. It was also my first “top shelf” guitar.
  10. I saw a Standard 50s the other day with a top and finish that could be on an R9. Among the Standard 60s, those bourbon burst is where it’s at for me. They are the most mouth watering among the whole Gibson USA lineup. Hey Bill, are there some extra sleeping spots under that bridge of yours?
  11. I find it an interesting topic. How far is too far. Like, for instance, the PRS SC 594 has a body shape that is very similar to a Les Paul, albeit still a bit different. Their Silver Sky is even closer to a Strat that their SCs are to a LP. Epiphone also had a guitar that was basically a Strat as well, so I think they are both victims and perpetrator of infringing other companies intellectual property. Are the ESPs/LTDs eclipse too close to a Les Paul? What about Heritage guitars, which was formed by former Gibson employees? Some LP copies are in the same price range as Epiphone, who receive nothing but praise regarding their QC. Forgive my bluntness, I really don't mean to be rude, especially to OP, who is constantly author of top quality posts, but I think QC standards bares no relevance in this discussion. People seem to like to compare cars to guitars, possibly because a lot of guitar players are into cars as well. Ferrari and other Italian car makers used to have terrible QC and attention to finishing details. Like buttons coming off or that would stop working in a very short period of time. That doesn't make it right for Audi or Porsche to release a identical car to a Ferrari, but with more attention to detail and better QC. I mean, I understand G&L and Music Man having a a Strat resembling guitar, and to be fair Music Man S-type guitar looks different to a regular Strat. For instance Novo guitar makes a very unique looking S-type guitar. Respect for them for being creative and trying to innovative. Fender released a two humbucker with LP controls on a Tele body and in the last few years they are trying to come up with new body shapes. Kudos to them. Now PRS is being copied too and I don't know how thrilled they are that companies are copying the original PRS design and selling the guitar at a price that undercuts their SE range and that are arguably better guitars than their own SEs. You can argue that their S2, CE and Core range are absolutely flawless, but their SE guitar, albeit amazing, are far from flawless. I've seen SE nuts so poorly slotted that they'd bind even 8 gauge strings. Trogly's reviews are awesome, but he scrutinizes Gibson to a level no guitar maker would pass. He puts a spotlight on the fretboard and zooms in on the fretboard to a point that is bigger than what you'd see with a naked eye looking close to the board. He then sometimes concludes there are tool markings that you cannot see without the zoom, his lighting or feel it in your hand. The lack of binding in the most popular PRS models renders them easier to finish. However, the binding on my 2017 Standard T is vastly superior to the binding on my PRS McCarty. It is more rounded and therefore more comfortable, despite my preference for the McCarty's neck profile. With that said, whether the QC of Gibson is good or not, I think to be irrelevant to whether they should or nor they should be copied. Like it or not they came up with those guitars. On the other hand, those shapes and features have been around since the 50s. Even if it is patented shape and set of features, patents are not perpetual. The economic principle behind patents is to protect developers in order to incentive innovation. Without intellectual property protections, businesses would have absolutely no incentive to innovate. Because if others firms would just be able to copy the intellectual development of the innovator without having to incur any of the irrecoverable research and development costs. A patent is then design to essentially give the patent holder a monopoly on their intellectual property for a period of time in order to make it worthwhile investing on innovation. I'm not a lawyer, but I suspect that even if there was a patent on, say, the LP body shape, the patent would have run its course and the body shape became common knowledge. Again, I'm not a lawyer, so I don't know if a body shape falls into trademark or a intellectual property patent. The other interesting thing about this video is the marketing implications, again not my field. I don't know how good of a business decision that was, as it can separate opinions. But again, that is way better than litigation without a warning. Besides, those things are stupid expensive, and I don't know if they can financially deal with litigation costs. They seem to be coming back to the top so they better know what they're doing. It would be a shame to see them in financial trouble again for poor business decisions.
  12. One thing I forgot to mention is regarding the nylon nut. The nylon nut on my R0, which was a 2016 model built in 2017, was very soft. I know this because I widened the slots ever so slightly on the high strings. The nylon on these new RIs feels different. I can't compare it with a real late 50s burst, because I never actually played one, but I read that the nylon used was a bit harder than the ones previously used in the RIs. Perhaps the new ones are using more period correct nylon. Personally, I don't really care about these things so log the guitar stays in tune. Both my former R0 and now my R9 stays in tune very well. Granted the I just got the R9, but I did play it for at least 6 plus hours. Three hours before pulling the trigger and three more hours after I arrived home with the new guitar. A friend that worked on the store told me they were getting one yesterday and asked if I wanted to unbox it. The guitar was shipped tuned down between a half and a whole step. I tuned the guitar once out of the box and didn't have to touch the tuners again, even after many whole and two step bends. Also this guitar is 8 lbs 11.5 oz of pure awesomeness. I took a scale with me and weighed the guitar at the store lol. I actually didn't want to like the guitar because I knew it meant sacrificing two of my guitars to get it, but as soon as I started playing, I felt like I'd been playing it for several years. I just bonded with it instantaneously. Additionally, I absolutely have a type, and that is Bourbon bursts, which the Southern Fade seems very close to. Two of the sacrifices are seen in the following picture (center, LP Standard HP Honeyburst. and far right, R0/G0 Dark Burst). The Honeyburst was a bit easier to sacrifice. I loved its light weight (7 lbs 14 oz) and the fret access, but I wasn't too crazy about the wider fretboard. The R0 was a bit harder to part with. It is extremely smooth to play and sounds fantastic. The action is super low and not fret buzz either acoustically or plugged. However, as the years go by, the slimmer necks, which were my go to when I first started playing, started giving me hand cramps whenever I bend the strings a lot. I could still take it to jam sessions and band practices without any issues, but I'd feel it whenever I was practicing a particular solo over and over. I didn't have this issue when playing my Standard 50s or my PRS McCarty, which have almost exactly the same neck profile as my Standard 50s, or my PRS DC 594, which has noticeably an even chunkier neck. I haven't measured the neck depth of my R9, but I'll do it when I change the strings. However it feels very close, if not identical to my Standard 50s, which is the Goldilocks standard for me, not to fat nor too thin. I haven't played many of the previous R9 iterations to compare, but I've heard some of the vintage guitar dealers online claim that the original 1959 burst weren't as fat as the necks on the RIs. I've also heard Gibson Custom retails online think that the neck on the Standard 50's were thinner than what they were used to with previous iterations of R9s. Maybe, Gibson went with a thinner 1959 profile (late 59s). Regardless if the changed the profile or not, the neck carve is just perfect for my taste.
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