Late last year, Gibson announced the launch of the Murphy Lab, a new division of the company's Custom Shop that would devote itself to building historically accurate guitars.
The Murphy Lab is headed up by Tom Murphy, a veteran builder who also happens to be one of the original pioneers of guitar aging. Now, we've been given a tantalizing preview of some of his first Gibson Murphy Lab builds.
“We’re working on some #epic stuff #prototype at the Murphy Lab - Gibson Custom Shop Historic Collection," said Gibson CMO Cesar Gueikian in an Instagram post, featuring shots of three new aged Les Pauls.
You can get a closer look at the goldtop and two 'bursts, each of which have been given comprehensive checking and finish wear, in the shot below.
There's been no word on the release date or prices of any Gibson Murphy Lab models, but, as always, we'll be sure to keep you posted on any developments.
Get The Pick Newsletter
All the latest guitar news, interviews, lessons, reviews, deals and more, direct to your inbox!
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.