Gibson 2013 Custom Shop Les Paul 1959 RI 20th Anniversary Murphy Painted/Aged
Is this as good as it gets for the modern Gibson Les Paul '59 burst? We think so. This is the 'Murphy Burst'. One of only 50 made worldwide back in 2013. This was to celebrate the Custom Shop turning 20. These were from a combined project between Tom Murphy, Edwin Wilson and Carl Hanson. Ed hand-picked the wood for every single guitar in this small run, and Tom painted and lightly aged them all. There is so much to talk about with this Les Paul I’ll try to keep it brief. They were made exclusively for the Japanese market. The guitar is crafted from a single piece of solid lightweight mahogany sporting a beautifully figured Faded Cherry maple top (25 only in this finish), it benefits from the entire spectrum of Gibson’s 20th Anniversary specifications from 2013. These include a 1-piece rosewood fingerboard, Reissue Kluson Deluxe “green key” tuners, hot hide neck glue, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and and fingerboard binding colour, new Custom Buckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period correct Red aniline dye beneath its nitrocellulose finish etc, the latter treated to Gibson Custom’s propriety VOS process for a gently worn look and feel courtesy of Tom Murphy, who painted it by hand as stated above. Built way before all the mass-produced Murphy Lab nonsense. Marking the historic nature of this rollout it also includes a ton of extras including (but not limited to) a glass framed hand-written Certificate of Authenticity, ‘retro’ logo dust cover, Lifton hardcase, even a pair of white cotton gloves for those who want to keep it as an investment and not play the crap out of it! In superb condition throughout (if you don't count the deliberate ageing of course). Nice and clean with no notable blemishes, just the light aged look (think more VOS) by Tom. The little specs you see on the headstock are just dust. Weight is super light at 3.8kg (and yes it's non-chambered obviously). I don’t think you can get much closer to an original ’59 burst than this beauty.
At Gas Station Guitars we carefully hand-select all our guitars and refuse a lot more than we accept, if they don’t blow us away on all fronts, we just don’t put them in our shop; if it’s for sale by Gas Station Guitars, you know it’d gonna be pretty special. All pictures are of actual guitars, all guitars are in hand and we do not use stock photos. NOT FOR TRADE or part exchange, thanks. We ship worldwide to the USA, E.U, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and of course the UK.