Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1959 ES-355 Reissue - ultra light aged ebony

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The Murphy Lab is the section specializing in the “Aging” process of the Gibson Custom Shop. Like Lloyd Loar, Les Paul or Ted McCarty, Tom Murphy is an inseparable figure in the history of Gibson. After a brief stint at the Nashville sawmill, which he joined in 1989, he joined the paint department where he acquired fundamental knowledge to become a specialist in finishing and more particularly in nitrocellulose varnish.
In 1994 he established his own company. He will devote several years to analyzing the characteristics of vintage Gibson guitars, and developing exclusive techniques for varnishing and early maturation of instruments. Impressed by this unequaled expertise, Gibson decided to collaborate with the master builder and introduced the “Aged” models in 1999. The plebiscite was unanimous. To meet exponential demand, Gibson is opening the Custom Shop Murphy Lab division in Nashville Tennessee in 2021. Each craftsman on the team is trained in person by Tom Murphy for complete mastery of the sophisticated tools and procedures needed to craft these guitars. exceptional.

The Murphy Lab offers four levels of aging:
  • Ultra Light reproduction of an instrument that would have spent most of its existence carefully stored in its case. The rate of wear is very subtle, with a discreet V.O.S. style patina. (Vintage Original Specs).
  • Light presents more frank but nevertheless discreet marks (scratches of pick, small shocks).
  • Heavy presents the appearance of a guitar having spent several decades on the road, with many marks on the varnish at the level of the friction zones (belt buckle, forearm, back of the sleeve). Metal parts are oxidized by Murphy Lab.
  • Ultra Heavy is the ultimate stage of aging. You will have in your hands the replica of a Les Paul or an SG having been the subject of intensive use since its acquisition in the late 1950s. but naturally arranged on all the surface of the instrument, significant oxidation and patina.
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Semi-hollow electric guitar

The GIBSON Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1959 ES-355 Reissue (59ES355ULEBGH1) semi-hollow body electric guitar belongs to the Tom Murphy's Lab collection.
It 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.
Instruments built in Murphy Lab department are ultra accurate recreations of iconic Gibson models, that perfectly mimics the broken-in feel of Gibson from the Golden Era.
For 25 years, Tom Murphy has been replicating the vibe and character of vintage guitars. In partnership with the master luthier, Gibson scienfically reverse-engineered the original imperfect and brittle 1950/60s Gibson lacquer which was causing checks under the finish.
Every Murphy Lab aged creation takes a completely separate path through the Custom Shop, receiving the Murphy Lab special lacquer formula and hand-applied Murphy Lab techniques.
Each Murphy Lab artisan has been trained by Tom Murphy to become an aging expert.

The ES-355 starts with all the features that make the ES-335 iconic - the feedback-resistant semi-hollowbody construction, the two humbucking pickups with individual volume and tone controls, the legendary sonic versatility and exceptional playability - and kicks it into overdrive with an ebony fretboard that's adorned with 50s pattern mother of pearl block inlays and 22 authentic medium jumbo frets. A split diamond headstock inlay, multi-ply binding, and gold hardware further reinforce the fact that the ES-355 is the top of the line ES™ model. This expertly crafted Custom Shop rendition's attention to detail makes it an outstanding recreation of the legendary and highly-prized 1959 ES-355.
The Murphy Lab 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. A five latch Lifton™ case is also included.
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  • Color Black
  • Custom shop Custom shop murphy lab
  • Electric Guitar Style Double Cut
  • Right-handed / Left-hand Right-handed
  • GIBSON Custom Shop Murphy Lab 1959 ES-355 Reissue
  • SKU Gibson 59ES355ULEBGH1
  • Semi-hollow body electric guitar (with central bloc)
  • Made in USA
  • 2021
  • 3-ply laminated Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Solid Maple center bloc
  • Solid Mahogany set-neck, Authentic '59 Medium C profile
  • Solid Ebony fingerboard, 22 Authentic Medium-Jumbo frets
  • Scale 62.865 cm / 24.75"
  • Radius 30.48 cm / 12"
  • Nut width 4.2863 cm / 1.6875"
  • Neck width last fret 5.2375 cm / 2.062"
  • Gibson Gibson Custombucker Alnico III humbucking pickups
  • Volume for each pickup
  • Tone for each pickup
  • 3-position pickup toggle switch
  • CTS 500K Audio Taper potentiometers
  • Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
  • Gibson Tune-O-Matic ABR-1
  • Gibson Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
  • Grover Kidney tuners
  • Murphy Lab nitrocellulose finish
  • Gibson Custom Shop Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch case included
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