Gibson Custom Murphy Lab 1957 Les Paul 2-Pickup, Ultra Light Aged, Ebony
The Gibson Murphy Lab is a new division of the Gibson Custom Shop and is dedicated to crafting historically-accurate guitars of Gibson’s most legendary and sought-after instruments. The team of experts is led by Tom Murphy, known for being one of the original pioneers of guitar ageing, who for 25 years has been faithfully recreating the sound, feel, and character of vintage guitars. The attention to detail in the Murphy Lab is second to none, from laser-scanning the dimensions to get the exact size and shape of the originals to reverse-engineering the original lacquer to create ultra-realistic ageing, every detail has been thought of. This guitar is the closest you can get to the real thing.
This beautiful 1957 Les Paul has a solid mahogany body and neck which makes it extra resonant and is unique among Les Paul models, and the neck has a chunky C-shape profile for comfortable playing, topped with a solid ebony fretboard with 22 historic medium jumbo-sized frets. It also has a No-Wire ABR-1 bridge and a lightweight aluminium stop bar for increased tuning stability, along with Kluson Waffleback with Pearloid tips.
For pickups, it has a pair of unpotted Custombuckers with Alnico 3 magnets and a 3-way Switchcraft pickup selector with two volume and two tone controls so you can get the exact sound you need.
To complete the 1957 Les Paul is multi-ply binding, 1950’s mother of pearl inlays, gold Murphy Lab Light Aged hardware, a multi-ply laminated acrylic pickguard, and a classic Ebony finish with nitrocellulose lacquer for historical accuracy.
It comes with .010 - .046 strings, a Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch case, a Certificate of Authenticity, a Mounted Custom Shop Switch Plate Medallion, and a Reissue Backplate in Case.
Weight - 8.80lbs
The Original Black Beauty
Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail.
With its elegant lines and ebony/pearl/gold aesthetic, the 1957 Les Paul™ Custom is easily one of the most iconic and beautiful guitars ever made. It features a body carved out of a single large piece of solid mahogany, unique among Les Paul models. The resulting dark mid-range tone from the body pairs perfectly with its bright-sounding solid ebony fingerboard. Altogether, it’s the pinnacle of guitar craftsmanship, design, and tone. Gibson Custom Shop is proud to revive every last detail of the original “Black Beauty” for this '57 Les Paul Custom Reissue, from the dimensions and contours to the precise inlay patterns, to the entire ownership experience. It features Ultra Light Aging by the skilled artisans of the Murphy Lab. The Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged finish treatment, paired with lightly aged hardware, simulates decades of light play wear, giving it the unique character, vibe, and feel of an original example from the Gibson Golden Era.
- Shape Les Paul
- Material 1-Piece Solid Mahogany
- Weight Relief None
- Binding Multi-ply
- Neck Solid Mahogany
- Profile Chunky C-Shape
- Nut width 1.687" / 42.85mm
- Fingerboard Solid Ebony
- Scale length 24.75" / 628.65mm
- Number of frets 22
- Nut Nylon
- Inlay 1950s Pattern Mother of Pearl
- Bridge No-Wire ABR-1
- Tailpiece Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
- Knobs Butyrate Black Top Hats
- Tuners Kluson Waeback with Pearloid Tips
- Plating Gold; Murphy Lab Light Aged
- Neck pickup Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
- Bridge pickup Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
- Controls 2 Volume, 2 Tone, CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-inOil Capacitors
- Case Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch