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I've always wanted a R9 les paul. I"m checking one out and wondering, on the headstock the serial number is 9 xxxx. Does an R9 have to have r9 then the 4 digit number after or is it 9 then the 4 digit number?

 

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I seem to recall that it does...but at the money you'd want to be sure....

Pippy - how about a special guest appearance!

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I have 2 R9s and none of them have an R in the serial number. Some did, but the newer ones don’t. 
If in doubt, just call Gibson. It’s quick and painless I promise you 😉

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On 9/4/2020 at 4:54 AM, STEPHENJOCHUM said:

...Does an R9 have to have r9 then the 4 digit number after or is it 9 then the 4 digit number?...

 

On 9/4/2020 at 10:25 AM, 'Scales said:

...Pippy - how about a special guest appearance!...

 

Your wish is my command, Scales, and I hope everyone is well in these strange times!

Almost universally the 1959 re-issues have just the 9 XXXX serial number (occasionally 9 XXXXX if more than 9,999 1959 reissues were made in any one year). The 'R' designation usage was originally merely an informal way of identifying these models by 'The Public'.  AFAIK Gibson do not call, nor ever have called, a re-issue by the R prefix although there is almost(?) always an 'R9' (or 'R8' etc.) ink-stamp in the main control cavity.

There are notable exceptions (such as the chambered reissues) but we needn't concern ourselves with matters which will only confuse the main issue.

Pippy.

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Thanks Pip and, having re-read my post,  just as well cos I meant to say 9 XXXX sounded right but I seemed to end up saying the opposite [blush]

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