Here’s a 2022 Gibson Murphy Lab heavy aged R9 in lemon burst with a made to measure handpicked top sporting a nice chevron flame …  second time I’ve gotten my hands on one of these and I am duly impressed. The aging is amazing, right down to the Lifton case, the guitar just looks and feels like it stepped out of 1959. The usual appointments … unpotted Alnico 3 Custom Buckers, hide glue long tenon neck, highly figured top and authentic 59 medium C neck carve. Mercy.


Gibson sez: “Gibson Custom Shop’s 1959 Les Paul™ Standard Reissue is not just a tribute to the priceless original models — it’s a clone of them. From laser-scanned dimensions to chemically-recreated plastics to color-matched shades of sunburst, every element has been rendered in unbelievable detail. It represents the culmination of decades of work by Custom Shop’s expert team — a tireless quest to bring accuracy and authenticity to the hands of fans. It’s the definition of cool, and it’s the best representation of the 1959 Les Paul Standard since the Gibson Custom Shop began making Historic Reissues over twenty-five years ago. It features Ultra Heavy Aging by the skilled artisans of the Murphy Lab. The Murphy Lab Ultra Heavy Aged finish treatment, paired with heavily aged hardware, simulates decades of heavy play wear, giving it the unique character, vibe, and feel of an original example from the Gibson Golden Era.”

Condition: Murphy Lab Heavy Aged; Body: Mahogany; Color: Lemon Burst; Pickups: Custom Buckers; Scale: 24.75