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2022 Gibson Custom Shop Historic 1958 Les Paul Standard R8 Murphy Lab Light Aged Lemon Burst w/ Case, COA, Tags


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Up for sale, a 2022 Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab Historic 1958 Les Paul Standard "R8" in like-new condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original Lifton-style hardshell case, CoA, and all hangtags. This Light Aged Murphy Lab R8 represents the peak of Gibson craftsmanship: from laser-scanned dimensions to chemically-recreated plastics to color-matched shades of sunburst, every element of a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard has been rendered in unbelievable detail. Representing the culmination of decades of work by Custom Shop's expert team - a tireless quest to bring accuracy and authenticity to the hands of players - according to Gibson, this iteration of the R8 is their best representation of the 1958 Les Paul Standard since the Gibson Custom Shop began making Historic Reissues over twenty-five years ago.

Tom Murphy, the Master Artisan and namesake of Gibson's Murphy Lab, was central to the creation of the Gibson Custom Shop and personally developed the various processes on display for aging the finish, hardware and plastics of these Historic Series instruments. With a quarter century in the saddle, Murphy is a celebrated authority for replicating the character of vintage instruments on the canvas of newly-created guitars.

Tonewoods include a two-piece carved and hide glue fit two-piece maple top, a one-piece mahogany body, and a mahogany neck with a 50s Chunky C profile carve and long neck tenon, capped with a bound Indian rosewood fingerboard. This Les Paul has a lively and pronounced voice when strummed unplugged, with great bark in the low end, and sparkling, round-sounding plain strings that deliver plenty of zing and also a richness that makes lead lines cut through with great clarity and body. The CustomBucker pickups are Gibson's latest highly praised PAF iteration, available exclusively in select Custom Shop models. Featuring Alnico III magnets, these low-medium output pickups have all the chirp, honk, and bloom you could want. The set in this particular guitar is dynamic, highly detailed, balanced, and comfortably versatile with any playing style. The bridge has plenty of bite and growl, while the neck pickup has the buttery girth and power one expects without sacrificing clarity. Lightweight at 8lbs 11oz, this Les Paul R8 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: ‘50s Chunky C, “baseball bat” with full shoulders, measuring .925” 1st fret, 1.030” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Bound rosewood, virtually no aniline dye bleed
-Frets: Slender, very faint wear beneath plain strings on frets 1-3
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”, nylon
-Headstock: correct 17 degree angle, holly veneer
-Tuners: Kluson Deluxe single-line, single-ring
-Serialization: 8-prefix inked serial

Body Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany, Maple
-Pickups: CustomBucker PAFs
-Harness: Bumblebee caps, Gibson-embossed pots, R8 stamp in corner of cavity
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: ABR-1 no-wire bridge, Stopbar
-Plastics: Cellulose acetate butyrate cream-colored plastics, gold butyrate bonnet knobs

The Lemon Burst lacquer finish highlights subtle flame figuring in the maple top and exhibits prominent finish checking and various limited marks of simulated wear as part of Gibson's Murphy Lab Light Aging process, with no discernible additional playwear.

The original Lifton-style Custom Shop hardshell case with pink plush interior is included, along with the CoA and all hangtags.