Gibson Unveils First Round of Murphy Lab Relic'd Guitars

Gibson has released photos of its first batch of Murphy Lab relic'd guitars
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Back in 2019, 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.

Led by Tom Murphy – a veteran builder who's also one of the original pioneers of guitar aging – the Murphy Lab's creations were first previewed last summer, but now Gibson has given us a much more complete look at the work of Murphy's team.

In tandem with the announcement of a number of new acoustic, semi-hollow electric, and signature electric models, Gibson released dozens of gorgeous, high-definition photos of the first batch of Custom Shop Murphy Lab guitars. 

Two of Gibson's new Murphy Lab creations

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“The Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy,” Cesar Gueikian, Gibson's Chief Merchant Officer, said in a statement. 

“The Murphy Lab, one of our Gibson Labs, is where we re-imagine and implement new ways of delivering the Gibson Custom Shop historic experience. Master artisan Tom Murphy brings his expertise, authentic style, and his passion for building historically accurate guitars to the Murphy Lab Collection.”

You can check out a few of the photos – displaying relic'd Les Pauls, SGs, and more – below. 

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and 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.