Whew lads. I did it this time. If you saw my thread before about me ordering several Epiphones to try out - then you know I've been searching for a new Les Paul. I gave up on the Epiphones, and ordered in several Gibsons. I found a 2016 Gibson Traditional that I enjoyed immensely - and then found a 2020 Gibson Standard that is gorgeous in Heritage Cherry - and then I decided to keep both of them. However - I realized I could get a historic and save about $1000 - so I figured I'd order in this R8 and see what it was like..... WOW. This guitar sings. It became a no-brainer. The fit and finish just has a unique feeling that makes it feel very different than the Traditional and the Standard. I can't even put it into words. I can't wait to get some sunlight and take it outside to see it shine!