NGD: 2016 Gibson Les Paul R8 Lemon Burst VOS

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by God of Thunder, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. God of Thunder

    God of Thunder Active Member

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    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!

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  2. Wenander

    Wenander Well-Known Member

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    What an absolute beauty, congrats !!

    Aaand i love your nickname ....... haha I actually sang that one at a karaokebar ....Lmao
     
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    Vinsanitizer ----------------------------- Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    I rike it. I rike it a rot.
    Looks like you found a new best friend. :)
    Really great looking R8. Nice color, grain and chocolaty fretboard. :yesway:
    The Custom Shop Historics are different beasts for sure.
    The bestest sounding ones have a dry, woody tone.

    How much does it weigh? (The way I measure at home is I weigh myself while holding the guitar, then weigh myself again without it and subtract the difference. Digital scale only.)

    Mine's a 2011 plaintop in Sunrise Teaburst, a bit of a pig at 9.6 lbs. I've had a few of them, this one's a keeper. I nicknamed it "R8" because, well... it's an R8.

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    BanditPanda Well-Known Member

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    It is a lovely guitar. Congratulations on finding " the one "
    BP
     
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  5. Jethro Rocker

    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    That is stunning!! Beautiful finish. I have 2 x 2016s, they are great guitars.
    I just wish they weren't all VOS. I would get one in that finish but....
     
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    Vinsanitizer ----------------------------- Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    Why JR? Why would you want a guitar that's made to look, sound and feel like one from the late 50's to look shiny and new?

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    BTW - they're not all VOS, they come all shiny like new now too. Not sure if that changes the price either way though. I don't like 'em to look road worn, just old. My buddy's R9 is a non-VOS. To me, it looks odd.
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  7. PaulHikeS2

    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    That's a beautiful guitar. I would love to have one. Great choice on it and I'm sure you'll get years of enjoyment from it.

    I like that they can come VOS or shiny and new looking. It's sort of like a classic car to me. Some prefer them to be restored to better than showroom, while others prefer originality with a touch of patina. In a classic car, I prefer a high level driver rather than a showpiece. But in a guitar I prefer shiny and new, with any patina earned by me or the prior owner. I'm totally cool with others having different preferences and both ways have their merits.
     
  8. Mitchell Pearrow

    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Congrats on a beautiful instrument,
    Play the finish off it and that my friend is the true magic of it..
    Cheers
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    I think the historics can be great instruments - my R0 is a keeper, sure I had to replace the unpotted BBs with BKP Mules but they feel and sound very good. I have not found a non CS Les Paul as good, although I hear good things about the 2020 and up versions
    Enjoy - good call.
     
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    clutch71 Well-Known Member

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    Great looking guitar!
     
  11. Sapient

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    Congrats, OP. That top is f'n killer!!



    Here's my Lemon Plaintop ... I believe it's a 2011.

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    Rock on!
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    tce63 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    HNGD, looks like a fantastic guitar, Congrats
     
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    Man that top is gorgeous, hope it plays and sings as good as it looks. Happy NGD!
     
  14. tallcoolone

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    Very jealous. A lemontop R8 is def on my list as well. Historics are just next level instruments IMO. I’ve been enjoying Jim Wagner pickups in both of mine—if you get the itch I recommend. Also loved the Duncan Antiquities—good fit
     

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