Just thought I would show off my recently acquired R9 Tiger flame in iced tea that I got from seller Guitar Monopoly. I did an initial post the day I got this, and haven't got around to posting my promised follow up. The guitar itself is like others on the lighter side, weighs exactly 7.7lbs, but the strange thing is because I have held this guitar everyday since, it now feels normal and my Epi Les Paul that weighs a traditional 9 lbs now feels mega heavy.
Playability wise straight out the box, once tuned it was playable, no string/fret buzz anywhere, but the guitar would go out of tune reqularly, I have since changed the tuners for some lovely kluson 50's repro's from RS Guitarworks I had lying around, they required me to enlarge the tuner holes carefully to fit them. Its now strung up with a new set of decent strings and it strums and feels so much nicer in the hand, the china strings are like cheese wire! It still goes out of tune a little and the strings seem to sit to high at the first fret so I plan on changing out the nut for a Tusq one and setting the action a little lower with that so theres less resistance on playing chords on the first fret.
One annoying realisation with my particular Chibson is that I cannot change the bridge for the conversion posts to put on the smaller post ABR, reason being is that the post thread size is neither metric 8mm or nashville 6mm, its something inbetween so the conversion posts I bought from Philly Luthier tools were useless! Only way round it would be to pull the anchors out and see if metric 8mm ones will fit the holes then I can put the conversion posts in and go from there.
Apart from that, I am also in the process of changing around knobs, pickguard, I scored some lovely art of aging bone white aged proper size pickup surrounds that I am plucking up the courage to redrill the mounting holes. Also received 4 new Gibson Historic CTS pots, switchcraft switch and I have some premium braided wire from Luze to use so thats all on the agenda.
I feel that I got real lucky with this one as in my eyes it's got a lovely tight fiddleback flame to it and I really dig the colour sceme on the front and back, only thing thats bugging me looks wise it they seem to go overboard on the yellow binding, wish it was more washed out, but thinking if I leave this thing in the sunlight overtime I'm sure the UV will wash it out to a faded lemon shade of yellow. One can hope!