Gibson Murphy Lab 1957 Les Paul Standard Goldtop – Light Aged • SN: 711178


There are 7.764 billion people on this beautiful ball of water and dirt that we call home, and hardly any of them know Gibson guitars better than Tom Murphy. Tom is a legend in the world of guitars, and instruments bearing his name have acquired a deservedly sterling reputation due to their outstanding tone, jaw-dropping looks, and stunning vintage accuracy. But, he wasn't always a rockstar of lutherie. In fact, he worked as a professional touring musician for many years, and during that time he became intimately acquainted with vintage guitars: how they sound, how they feel, and how they look. After deciding to stop touring, Tom got a job as a finish specialist at Gibson and eventually became a project manager in charge of the first reissues of the 1959 Les Paul standard.

For a while, Tom also gained valuable experience working as a luthier to the stars, and his client list included luminaries like Jimmy Page, Dickey Betts, Joe Perry, Billy Gibbons, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, and Gary Rossington (fun fact: he brought Peter Frampton's iconic Les Paul Custom back from the dead after it had been resting in pieces in the debris of a crashed cargo plane for three decades!).

Now, things have come full circle, and our friends at Gibson have handed Tom the keys to a brand-new institution of sonic savagery within the Gibson Custom Shop: the Murphy Lab. Tom and his team of skilled craftspeople have one mission, and one mission only: to create the most ridiculously awesome recreations of vintage Gibson guitars that the world has ever seen.

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Serial Number: 711178
Brand Gibson Murphy Lab
Model Murphy Lab 1957 Les Paul Standard Goldtop
Finish Color Double Gold with Dark Back
Finish Type Light Aged
Weight 8.95 lbs.
Top Wood 2-Piece Plain Maple Attached with Hot Hide Glue
Neck Wood Solid Mahogany
Neck Shape Chunky C Profile
Neck Dimensions .910 1st - 1.020 12th
Neck Joint Long Tenon with Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Indian Rosewood attached with Hot Hide Glue
Fingerboard Radius 12"
Inlays Aged Cellulose Nitrate Trapezoid
Scale Length 24.75"
Width at Nut 1.687"
Frets 22 Historic Narrow-Tall
Binding 1-Ply Royalite
Pickups 2 Alnico III Custombuckers
Controls 2 Volume, 2 Tone and 3-way Toggleswitch
Hardware Murphy Lab Lightly-Aged Gold
Bridge ABR-1 with Aluminum-Plated Brass Saddles
Tailpiece Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar
Tuners Kluson Single-Ring Single-Line
Pickguard Laminated Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
Case Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch Case
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