Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Gardendale, Alabama
Re: Late NGD: Gibson Les Paul 1960 classic
Yeah, it is. It weighs in at 9+ pounds.
I did a shootout against my buddy's GORGEOUS R9 last night and the similarities are about dead on with mine having more push and breakup but less clarity on the bridge, but much nicer overtones and sweeter on the neck. The R9 took the cake on the bridge position but the sounds were similar. It could be that I have 300/500 pots and ceramic caps and his are the 500/500 pots and the bumblebee repros. The R9's neck was far too mushy compared to mine, and the alnico II sag is just too much and not bright enough. It's kinda like the pickups were switched on both. The R9 was also a good pound+ lighter with thinner fretwork.
That said - the neck on mine is very slim and flat. Straight mid 60's and his R9 is just a good bit beefier and rounder, but super playable in my hands - unlike R8's to me. Both are fantastic. It's the sound of rock and roll.