I caught my Custom Shop Les Paul '58 lounging on my deck this morning, so I snapped a few shots. The late '90's and early '00's were great years for R8's. It seemed really expensive at the time, but in retrospect, $3K was not too outrageous, considering that non-custom shop LP's (Standard Plus) go for around that price these days. This is a LOUD guitar. I've tried to figure out why it has such an authoritative voice compared with my other Lesters (i own 7). I've decided that it comes down to the quality of the mahogany and the fat neck. This one is from Wildwood Guitars purchased new in 2002.