2012 Gibson Les Paul R8 Plaintop ’58 RI Washed Cherryburst

Gibson Les Paul R8.

The Blue Book Says:

Les Paul 1958 Plaintop VOS (LPR8VO)
– similar to the Les Paul 1958 Plaintop Reissue, except has VOS specifications, available in Bourbonburst (2006-2011), Lemonburst (2006-2011), Faded Tobacco, Ice Tea, Sunrise Teaburst, or Washed Cherry finish, mfg. 2006-present.

– similar to the Les Paul ’59 Flametop Reissue, except features a much less figured carved maple top, available in Washed Cherry (WC, 2004-2011), Faded Tobacco (FT, 2004-present), Ice Tea (IT, 2004-2011), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS, disc. 2005) or Vintage Red (VR, disc. 2005) finish, mfg. 1996-98, reintroduced 2003-present.

– single sharp cutaway solid mahogany body, bound carved curly maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlays, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, three-per-side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, two humbucker pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-position switch, available in Faded Tobacco (2003-present), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS, disc. 2002) Heritage Darkburst (HD, disc. 2000, reintroduced 2002-03), Ice Tea (2004-present), or Washed Cherry (2003-present) finish, mfg. 1991-present.

I say:

Chunky 1958 style neck with a long neck tenon means that this guitar has an amazing tone.  The sustain achieved by the combination is simply breathtaking.

The custom wound Burstbucker pickups give a clear and airy chime to notes that’s often lost in some Les Pauls that then get described a “woody” or “dark.”

Bumblebee capacitors are a nice touch and yes they do work brilliantly – but for the cost of them the jury is still out on their actual impact.

The Washed Cherry finish is in amazing condition – I think that someone’s had this under the bed! – very light polishing swirls on the rear face, but other than that the guitar has no dinks or dents that I can see.

As a collector’s piece this guitar is simply breathtaking, the case has all the original tags and paperwork,  Custom Shop certificate!