In 2005, Guitar Center commissioned a limited and special run of 25 R9 Reissues to commemorate Les Pauls 90th birthday. It is our understanding that he personally picked out the tops and wood for these guitars, both for their looks and weight.
This guitar certainly shows his penchant for quality as the top is nicely flamed, yet subtle and the guitar weighs in at incredible 8 lbs, 5 oz. He also signed the electronics backplate for each guitar. The neck has a perfect medium 59 profile and the guitars tone is, like everything else about it, exceptional.
The original COA was not with the guitar when we acquired it, but the rest of the paperwork and case candy are present. We also have a copy of the email sent from Gibson confirming the guitars authenticity as part of this 90th Tribute Birthday Run