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Found a NOS/Unplayed 2001 R8 with insane flamed top. What color is this?

Gibsonguy30

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I have a collector friend who ironically doesn’t play guitar, but has several nice Gibson’s he bought in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. This is one of them, a R8 2001 model with an insane flamed top. I can buy it for around $3700 which is not a steal, but considering this top seems like a great deal. The guitar has literally never been played and sitting in a vault for 20 years. Original strings still on it :) a little oxidation on the frets, and the board is a little dry, but I can fix both of those issues quickly. Some have suggested the color is ‘Amber’ some say ‘Butterscotch’ - what do you guys think?

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Flogger

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I'd call it Unbutst. On a USA Les Paul, that's amber.

Where are the finger bleeders?
 

Gibsonguy30

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I'd call it Unbutst. On a USA Les Paul, that's amber.

Where are the finger bleeders?
Have no idea - was a special order so probably didn’t come with them. I bought a LP Florentine from him as well that didn’t have strap buttons :) maybe custom shop QC was down that day. Or maybe since he doesn’t play would never even notice :)
 

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Flame? Not seeing a single flame on that top other than a few wiggles. That’s entirely covered in medullary lines.
 
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ourmaninthenorth

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Is this the Custom Shop Authentic issue?

I'd also say it's Butterscotch.

Whatever it is, it's bloody gorgeous.

Hope you get it.
 
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Gibsonguy30

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what is on the pickup covers , vaseline ?
Good eye… yes he put a clear grease on all the metal parts to prevent corrosion 🙄 no biggie it wiped off easily with some alcohol. Like I said this guy doesn’t play and the cases hadn’t been opened in 20 years so I don’t know how efficient that method is :)
 

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Case ain't original for an '01 R8. Just sayin.
 

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Some have suggested the color is ‘Amber’ some say ‘Butterscotch’ - what do you guys think?

In 2001, Gibson's name for the R-8 finish depicted was Butterscotch. Whenever anyone asks "What color is this guitar," you can count on a bunch of "Well, I'd call that color _________"–type replies. And I'm sure that people could get pretty creative with their word choices. But as an actual specification of a particular year and model of guitar, the only "correct" answer to the question of "What color is this guitar" — that is, the one that counts — would, in my opinion, be the finish designation that the manufacturer actually used for the given guitar at the time it was produced. In this instance, it's definitely Butterscotch. (Coincidentally, the first R-8 that I ever owned was likewise a 2001 Butterscotch model that I purchased brand-new in 2002 from Dave's Guitar Shop. (y) )
 

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but that has almost no flame and is one of the least attractive tops I’ve ever laid eyes on. just a grid of crisscrossing grain lines

I’d call that a stalk of corn burst. And as someone said, Butterscotch would likely be the color.
 

Arnold M.

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Good eye… yes he put a clear grease on all the metal parts to prevent corrosion 🙄 no biggie it wiped off easily with some alcohol. Like I said this guy doesn’t play and the cases hadn’t been opened in 20 years so I don’t know how efficient that method is :)
I can dig it .. makes sense
 

RJLII

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I’ve heard this called butterscotch, amber, and antique natural. A quarter sawn top and tight flame is a big personal favorite of mine.
 

Joshabr1

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It’s funny some seem to really like the top. I’m in the other camp. Very non burst looking. I can see the attraction it would have to certain folks. Just not me. Cool guitar and I bet it sounds just fine.
 

axeman565758

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Butterscotch was the color. Most came with the little round pickguard sticker that read "BUTTERSCOTCH"
 

Pellman73

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Flies in the Vaseline we are..… sometimes it blows my mind. keep getting stuck here all the time
 
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