Up for sale, a 2007 Gibson Custom Shop Historic Murphy Aged 1960 Les Paul Standard "R0" in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original Custom Shop case, COA, and all hangtags and case candy. A rare Les Paul produced well over a decade before the Murphy Lab concept was cemented, this Les Paul is one of sparingly few aged by Tom Murphy in the '00s.
Every Custom Shop Burst is rightfully judged in part by the quality of its top in addition to its tonal attributes, and this particular example features broad, dimensional ripples of curly bookmatched flame extending evenly across the carved maple cap, highlighted by the Heritage Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer finish, expert aged at the Gibson factory courtesy of Tom Murphy. This Les Paul is very natural in its appearance and faithful in its figuring to many 1960 Bursts.
Tonally, everything stems from the acoustic properties of the instrument, and this Les Paul has a natural acoustic tone that's smooth, detailed and relaxed, with the worked-in feel of a genuine golden age Gibson. There's great bark in the low end, and full, round sounding plain strings that deliver plenty of zing and also a richness that makes lead lines come through with great clarity and body. Weighing a particularly light 8lbs 10oz and balancing well on a strap, this guitar makes the most of the classic tonewood combination of a carved two-piece maple top and solid mahogany body. The sound is lively and harmonically complex in all pickup positions, and the original Burstbucker 1 and 2 pickups offer plenty of power and articulation in the bridge position, with thick and round sounds from the neck pickup that are ideal for lead work while staying defined. This Murphy Aged Gibson R0 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, playing flawlessly with low action, accurate intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The quartersawn one-piece mahogany neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut that still retains some roundness and shoulder, with a gentle increase in overall heft further up the fretboard, while being overall more slim than Gibson’s various ‘50s Custom Shop neck carves. The profile measures .840" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. On the bound Indian rosewood fretboard, the medium jumbo frets are flawless, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The headstock has the correct 17-degree angle, with a thin holly veneer on the face and Kluson-style double ring tuning machines with transparent keystone buttons.
The electronics are untouched, with the Burstbucker pickups wired to a harness featuring Gibson spec’d CTS 500K short-shaft audio-taper potentiometers, 20 gauge bus wire, and the stock Gibson Bumblebee .022/400V capacitors. The corner of the control cavity has the requisite "R0" stamp too, and the Burstbuckers retain their PAF stickers and additional dated decals from 01/09/07. The ABR-1 bridge and stoptail show light simulated patina on the nickel plating, and plastics include the quartet of gold reflector cap knobs as well as the pickup rings, switch surround, and pickguard.
On the Heritage Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss, Tom Murphy's aging is very tasteful and true to vintage examples, with subtle, broad lacquer checking on top, tighter/fainter checking on the headstock, and some small simulated marks of wear on the body as a whole. There is virtually no wear beyond Murphy’s aging process at the Gibson factory, save for potentially one finish chip on the back lower bout body edge adjacent to the input jack (extremely hard to parse whether this one mark was Murphy-applied or not). The gloss on the neck profile is flawless, highlighting subtle figuring in the mahogany.
The original brown tolex Lifton-style Gibson hardshell case is included, along with the COA and every piece of original factory paperwork and case candy.