This is a brand new Left Handed Gibson R9 Les Paul from December 2017 with one of the more attractive tops I’ve had over the years. The top reminds me of Billy Gibbons’ Pearly Gates 59. It also looks like the 59 Burst featured at the top of the Les Paul Forum home page. It is a strong curly maple top with wide Tiger flame and striking 3-D movement from any angle or light. It is hard to find a top like this – I’ve had close to 50 R9s over the years, and this is one of the best I’ve seen!
The finish is VOS Ice Tea, the hardware is Nickel, the weight is very desirable for a Les Paul at 8 lbs, 6 oz, and the neck profile is reminiscent of a mid-59 Burst with .89/1st fret and 1.00/12th fret.
I also set up the guitar with 4/64/Hi E and 5/64/Low E at the 12th fret. Here’s another amazing thing about this guitar: the clearance of the strings over the Tune-O-Matic bridge was good with the stop tailpiece clamped down – something that I rarely see with Les Pauls and provides maximum sustain!
This Les Paul has it all – it’s truly a special R9!
Includes all tags/paperwork with COA and OHSC.