2021 Gibson Custom Shop 1956 Les Paul Murphy Lab

The 1950's guitar boom saw some of the finest electric solid body guitars ever made, with all of the truly iconic models finding their audience throughout the decade. The Gibson Les Paul is one of the most important instruments of this period, with the early Black Les Paul Customs, Gold Tops and 'Bursts' going on to become some of the most sought after vintage guitars on the market, This 2021 Gibson Custom Shop 1956 Les Paul is a fantastic example of the lengths the Gibson Custom Shop go to to recreate these vintage guitars, featuring the new Murphy Lab treatment, expertly aged in painstaking detail by the Gibson's most esteemed luthiers.

This '56 Les Paul reissue showcases the model at a pivotal point in its history, with the 1956 Les Paul being the only production year that combined the Gold Top, P90 pickup configuration with the reliability offered by the adjustable ABR-1 bridge. This guitar features a Mahogany body and neck along with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard and a comfortable chunky C shaped neck profile, feeling slightly easier in the had than later '50s Les Pauls. The two custom wound Soapbar P90 pickups recreate the vintage tone that is so loved by players of all styles, with a good vintage P90 sound easily covering everything from blues and rock to jazz playing. This guitar is finished with period correct appointments, including celluloid acetate pickup covers and pick guard, single line Kluson tuners and gold top hat controls knobs. 

The Murphy Lab lightly aged finish perfectly recreates the look and feel of a guitar that has been well cared for over its 70 year lifespan, with some very minor checking to the nitrocellulose lacquer and lightly aged hardware. A modern guitar aged to perfection, invoking the vibe of a Golden Era Gibson guitar.  

This guitar is in as new condition, and has never been played by the previous owner who had it on preorder for some time. This guitar also includes its original reissue pink lined Lifton hard case and all paperwork and case candy. 

As with all our instruments, this guitar has been given a thorough service by the Vintage Instrument Workshop and is guaranteed for 3 years in line with our vintage instrument warranty. This guitar also includes its original case.



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