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Do R8’s and R9’s sound the same?

GimmeGibson

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So I know there are other threads devoted to the physical/aesthetic differences between an R8 and R9, but how about tone?
The reason I ask is I have a craving for a R9 to go with the R8 I already have. This would involve trading in a 2021 Classic and a 2019
50’s Standard and I am wondering if there is enough of a tonal difference to make the trade in sacrifice worth it.
I also understand that one R9 can sound different to another R9, which makes the decision even more difficult.
The loss of the Classic is not that much of an issue but the 50’s Standard is actually a very sweet sounding guitar and I would hate to give that one up only to find the new R9 sounds exactly like my R8.
I don’t really want a fourth guitar (ignoring collective gasp I heard) nor can I afford to buy one at full price. So the idea of trading in came to mind.
What say you?

And yes I did post on the other forum but I figured there may be other opinions here. Nothing wrong with that I hope.
 

brandtkronholm

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So I know there are other threads devoted to the physical/aesthetic differences between an R8 and R9, but how about tone?
The reason I ask is I have a craving for a R9 to go with the R8 I already have. This would involve trading in a 2021 Classic and a 2019
50’s Standard and I am wondering if there is enough of a tonal difference to make the trade in sacrifice worth it.
I also understand that one R9 can sound different to another R9, which makes the decision even more difficult.
The loss of the Classic is not that much of an issue but the 50’s Standard is actually a very sweet sounding guitar and I would hate to give that one up only to find the new R9 sounds exactly like my R8.
I don’t really want a fourth guitar (ignoring collective gasp I heard) nor can I afford to buy one at full price. So the idea of trading in came to mind.
What say you?

And yes I did post on the other forum but I figured there may be other opinions here. Nothing wrong with that I hope.
Yes.
An R8 sounds like an R9.

How about a nice 335 to spice up the guitar palette?
A P90 gold top, a Les Paul Custom black-beauty (with three pickups and a Bigsby, of course), or a mono 355 would also be great alternatives to “another R8/9/0”.
Go nuts.
 

ADP

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Two R9's sound different from eachother in my opinion. Just get it. You can never have enough Les Paul's.
 

GimmeGibson

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I like the Classic. I really like the Standard. And there in lies the problem as I feel I would love the R9. It’s the “no regret” thing
 

CAGinLA

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Most folks wouldn't be able to tell the difference in the sound, as long as they have the same pickups and hardware.
 

renderit

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I have around 14 LP's.

They all sound different.

Even the same model/year.

Now amped on stage maybe not so much to someone not used to them.


Though I specifically TRIED to be sure I picked them because of this.
 

axeman565758

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R7 R8 R9 R0 are the exact same guitar. body wood, top wood, neck wood, fingerboard wood all sourced from the same place for each. The non-construction/non materials difference's would be neck shape/profile, weight (which varies within each model as well). Even the R4 and R6 are the same, except for pickups and hardware.
As for tonal differences, you can have 2 R9's built consecutively and they will sound (somewhat) different. In my experience, I hear very little difference overall. The difference I notice is in how they feel.
 
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El Gringo

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R7 R8 R9 R0 are the exact same guitar. body wood, top wood, neck wood, fingerboard wood all sourced from the same place for each. The non-construction/non materials difference's would be neck shape/profile, weight (which varies within each model as well). Even the R4 and R6 are the same, except for pickups and hardware.
As for tonal differences, you can have 2 R9's built consecutively and they will sound (somewhat) different. In my experience, I hear very little difference overall. The difference I notice is in how the feel.
Perfect reply !
 

Wilko

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Ive been through a lot of Les Pauls. They sound the same enough.

My current keeper is a 2012 Traditional that sounds the same. feels the same. looks the same--after I refinished the top and changed the hardware.
 
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