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2005 R-8

alnico59

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I've seen some post saying 2004-2006 are the 'meh' years for Historic LP's. However I have a 2004 R7 and I must say historical accuracy aside it is something very special to play!
 

Big Al

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I've seen some post saying 2004-2006 are the 'meh' years for Historic LP's. However I have a 2004 R7 and I must say historical accuracy aside it is something very special to play!

Those posts are BS IMO. I've played a boatload of Historics from 93 and up and I never found a Meh! era. I like some better for my own goofy reasons, such as 1999 and 2000 vintage as the color, neck profile and big ass honking' frets are very much to my liking and have one of each. But the whole, Goodwood era and other nonsense doesn't hold up under scrutiny. A good one is a good one, and we decide what is good for us.

All I know is I really like the whole vibe of this guitar. IMO, it just reeks of intent! I LOVE that color and the double cream pickup is perfect! Guitarplayer, whats your rig like? Does the guitar favor a particular amp? I ask because I think I see a Blackface head behind you in the picture and I found that Blackface Bandmasters really, really like my Les Pauls. I have 4 of them and they are just perfect for me.
 

guitplayer

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Thats a 65 bassman on top of a Carvin Bel-air.
Using a Radical headbone VT .They share the 212.
The bassman is an early 2000 Blankenship mod. Just the one side of the amp.
Normal has only gain and Volume. No tone pot. The other side is stock.
The bel air is a hybrid hasserl mod. Stage 2 B.
The guitar loves any amp. I recently ran it thru a JCM-2000. Sounded awesome.
Good pickup match. I should play it thru this 1961 vibrolux ....dimed.lol
 
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Chuckracer

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Very nice! I recently got a 2004 R8 and it's the best Les Paul I've ever played. Unplugged it's loud and fun to play. The neck has much smaller shoulders than other historics I've owned (R7, R8) and she's just a fun guitar.
 

Chuckracer

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Here's mine - waiting at the foot of my bed in case I wake up with a cool melody or riff in my head.

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guitplayer

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Looking sharp!!:salude
Tones in the fleck. LOL
 
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rockinlespaul

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Congrats on a great looking R8!

I don't believe any of that hog wash about 2004-2006 historics. I have had a few 2004s and several 2006 models. All of them fantastic and I would even say I think I prefer the 06 to the 07s which seemed to be very popular back then.

My favorite years would be 1997-2003, 2006, and 2004. 2007 was good too but the necks started going all over the place by then.

May that beautiful R8 give you years of great enjoyment!
 

guitplayer

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After some time ,I just removed the pickguard to clean. fade fade fade....
 

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jb_abides

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Wow a lot of fading and some crazing too!

I like the vibrant darkner reds lurking underneath ...

are you purposely fading and aging, or is that just 17 years?
 
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