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Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Labs 57 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Lt Aged

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$9,299.00

RRP $12,499.00

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Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Labs 57 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Lt Aged

The iconic '57 Goldtop has been the tool of choice for countless guitar heroes. Its elegant gold finish, classic solid mahogany/maple construction, and versatile humbucking pickups represent everything one could possibly need in a Les Paul™ model. This authentic recreation exemplifies Gibson Custom Shop's tireless quest for accuracy to the original year of production, from the woods to the construction to the parts and precise contours throughout. Each Custom Shop Reissue is every bit the instrument and statement piece as the priceless vintage examples, providing an ownership experience that is endlessly fun. 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.


Guitar Weight: Only 3.90Kg


Body Style

Les Paul

Body Shape

Les Paul

Top

2-Piece Plain Maple, Hide Glue Fit

Back

1-Piece Lightweight Mahogany

Binding

1-Ply Royalite

Body Finish

Murphy Lab Aged Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Weight Relief

None

Profile

50s Rounded Medium C

Scale Length

628.65 mm / 24.75 in

Fingerboard Material

Indian Rosewood

Fingerboard Radius

304.8 mm / 12 in

Fret Count

22

Frets

Historic Gibson Narrow/Tall

Nut Material

Nylon

Nut Width

42.85 mm / 1.687 in

End Of Board Width

56.89 mm / 2.239 in

Inlays

Aged Cellulose Nitrate Trapezoid

Joint

Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit

Finish

Nickel; Murphy Lab Light Aged

Bridge

No-Wire ABR-1

Saddle Material

Nickel-plated Brass

Tailpiece

Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar

Tuning Machines

Kluson Single Line, Single Ring

Pickguard

Laminated Cellulose Acetate Butyrate

Truss Rod

Authentic 1950s No-Tube

Truss Rod Cover

Authentic Stepped 2-Ply

Control Knobs

Butyrate Gold Top Hats

Switch Tip

Amber Catalin

Switch washer

Silkscreened Cellulose Acetate Butyrate

Jack Plate Cover

Laminated Cellulose Acetate Butyrate

Control Covers

Brown Royalite

Strap Buttons

Aluminum

Mounting Rings

M69 Cellulose Acetate Butyrate

Pickup Covers

Authentic Profile Nickel Silver

Neck Pickup

Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)

Bridge Pickup

Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)

Controls

2 Volume, 2 Tone, CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors

Pickup Selector

3-Way Switchcraft

Output Jack

1/4" Switchcraft

Strings Gauge

.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046

Case

Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch

Accessories

Certificate of Authenticity, Mounted Custom Shop Switch Plate Medallion; Reissue Switch Backplate in Case




What is Murphy Lab Aged?

Gibson Murphy Lab Aging is a proprietary process used by Gibson to artificially age its guitars and create a vintage look and feel. The process is named after Tom Murphy, who was the first person to develop the aging techniques used by Gibson.

The Murphy Lab Aging process involves various techniques, such as hand-sanding, staining, and distressing, that simulate the natural wear and tear that a vintage guitar would experience over time. The process can take several weeks to complete, and it is performed by highly skilled craftsmen at Gibson's Custom Shop.

During the aging process, the Gibson Murphy Lab team carefully replicates the signs of aging that are commonly found on vintage guitars, such as finish checking, rusted hardware, and faded color. The aging leaves the finish much softer yet more brittle resulting is a guitar that looks and feels like a vintage instrument, with a worn-in feel and a unique character that will continue to age as the guitar does.


Murphy Labs aged finishes will continue to age and wear easily as you play and use the guitar creating an even more unique instrument

“Like an old finish, it isn’t very durable. It’s not for everybody but it is awesome for ageing. Not only does it enhance the checking, when we’re chipping it to create buckle rash it responds like an old finish. When I first saw it happen I was really excited, and I still am today. So, I don’t have to do art any more, I can now do craft.” - Tom Murphy
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Like a prized possession that has spent most of its long life stored carefully in its case. Murphy Lab artisans apply the most subtle touches such as minimal lacquer checking, Vintage Original Sheen (VOS) hardware, and hand-rolled fingerboard binding. Simulates fifty years of average play wear, a favorite guitar that rarely left the comforts of home. More intense lacquer checking patterns, unique to each instrument, are accompanied by light dings, pick trails, finish flaking, and softened edges throughout. Paired with Vintage Original Sheen (VOS) hardware and hand-rolled fingerboard binding. This baby’s been out on the road — for decades, it seems. Significant wear and tear, lots of buckle rash, light arm wear, neck wear, peghead face wear, and prominent checking patterns throughout. Paired with Murphy Lab heavy-aged hardware and hand-rolled fingerboard binding. Like the old favorite your hero has performed with for decades. Our artisans evoke half a century of touring mileage, with major buckle rash, heavy arm wear, visible pick, neck, and peghead face wear, and areas of exposed wood. Paired with Murphy Lab heavy-aged hardware and hand-rolled fingerboard binding.

The Finish

Checked Finish
Gibson scientifically reverse-engineered the original formula of nitrocellulose lacquer used in the 1950s and 1960s. Combined with Tom's proprietary aging techniques, this brittle lacquer checks beneath the surface for an authentic vintage look and feel.
Hardware Patina
Murphy Lab artisans gently age each knob and component to simulate years of play wear, matching the worn body to create the look and feel of a well-traveled instrument — that works like new.
Murphy Mileage
Wear on the neck, where the neck would be worn. The back of the body scraped bare where a belt buckle would bump. Your Murphy Lab Gibson will look like an heirloom from the moment you open the case.

Nitro

One of the most distinctive features of aged nitrocellulose lacquer is the checking or cracking that can occur in the finish. This is caused by the contraction and expansion of the wood underneath the finish due to changes in temperature and humidity. As the wood expands and contracts, the lacquer finish is unable to keep up, and it begins to crack in a beautiful natural way.

The checking pattern on a guitar is unique to each instrument and can be the defining characteristic of a guitar. It's worth noting that while checking is seen as a desirable feature, with extra aging and playing, it can cause the finish to flake off entirely creating wear that is unique to your instrument based on how you play it.

The proprietary Murphy Labs Aging process has given your instrument a head start in its natural aging process



What's special about each year?

The Gibson Les Paul guitars produced between 1956 and 1960 are often referred to as the "Golden Era" of Les Paul production. Each year brought some changes and differences in features, specs, and finishes. Here are some of the notable differences:

1956



P-90 pickups (single coil) were still the standard pickup configuration, though some Les Paul Customs had three humbucker pickups. Stopbar tailpiece and ABR-1 bridge were still used. A "Goldtop" finish was the only finish option.

1957



PAF (Patent Applied For) humbucking pickups were introduced, replacing the P-90 pickups. Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece were now standard. Sunburst finish (referred to as "burst") was introduced, with a two-tone finish of dark brown around the edges and a lighter brown/yellow in the center.

1958



Cherry Sunburst finish became the standard finish option. The neck profile became slimmer and referred to as a "Slim Taper." The body shape became slightly thinner and the top carve was shallower.

1959



Often considered the pinnacle of the Les Paul model, featuring a thicker top with more flame figuring. The neck profile became even slimmer and more rounded, often referred to as a "59 Neck". The fingerboard received a more elaborate and wider block inlay design. The pickguard was removed, creating a "cleaner" look.

1960



The last year of the "Burst" Les Pauls before production was temporarily discontinued. The neck profile became even slimmer and flatter, referred to as a "Slim Taper" or "Fast Neck". The body shape was further slimmed down and the top carve was even shallower. A Cherry Red finish was introduced as a standard option, along with the Cherry Sunburst.
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Gibson Guitars at Musos Corner

Musos Corner is proud to be an authorised retailer and service agent of Gibson instruments and musical equipment.

Gibson is one of the most recognised and iconic names in music history. 

Orville Gibson began building instruments in 1894 and founded the company in 1902 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Gibson invented the arch top guitar by copying violin construction and by the 1930’s the company was building flat top acoustics.

Early jazz guitar pioneers such as Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery used Gibson archtop models such as the ES150 and L5 to shape their sound.

Many blues, folk, country and rockabilly legends such as Elvis (SJ-200), Robert Johnson (L-00), James Taylor (J-50), Bob Dylan (SJ-200), Everly Brothers (J-180) and Emmy Lou Harris (SJ-200) used Gibson acoustics at the pinnacle of their careers.

Iconic electric models such as the Les Paul first released in 1952 and the SG in 1961 are two of the most recognisable guitars on the planet being put to good use by guitar gods Les Paul himself, Angus Young, Jimmy Page, Slash, Ace Freely and Eric Clapton (pre 1970) 

Musos Corner can source and supply the entire Gibson product range, from coveted Gibson custom shop models to the great value Epiphone range.

If we don’t already have your dream instrument in stock or listed online, we can source it for you. Contact us at Musos Corner today for all your Gibson needs.

Twice as nice! Gibson Quality Control

We love our Gibsons!

We even have walls dedicated to them here in our Newcastle Store.

Important Notice

Please allow a few extra days for delivery as our couriers & Australia Post are experiencing higher than normal parcel volumes due to COVID 19

Ordering

Is this product in stock?
We try our best to have everything in stock, but sometimes items sell out faster than we can update the website, as this is a manual process. If this is the case we will call or email you and let you know if your order cannot be fulfilled, and what your options are as soon as possible. We have multiple warehouses around the country so the "in stock" and "out of stock" is an indication of if the item is able to be shipped from one of them, our store, or one of our distributors. Most of the time there is no difference in turn around depending where it is shipped from but if there are any delays we will contact you immediately. We do also ask if you plan on picking up an item, please contact us so we make sure it is in our store ready for you.

I want a certain product but I don't see it on your site, Why don't you have it!!!?
We have a HUGE store here in Newcastle (which we would love to see you in) and not every product we stock is online & vice versa, but if you don't see what you are after, give us a call or email and we will chase it down for you!

Is everything on your website in stock?
We try our best to have everything in stock, but sometimes items sell out faster than we can update the website, as this is a manual process. If this is the case we will call or email you and let you know if your order cannot be fulfilled, and what your options are as soon as possible.

Do all the guitars come set up & with strings?
They sure do! All the guitars are set up at the factory & often once in the country as well! Every guitar we sell is ready to play (after a quick tune of course) 

 

Price Match

Do you price match?
Yes we do! We will do our very best to match & beat any genuine Australian quote or advertised price!
Just email us a link to the cheaper product and we will match or beat it for you (Prices valid for 48 hours) The Musos Corner Price Match option only applies when comparing identical products in the same condition, where payment is made in full by cash, eftpos or credit card. It is subject to verification and does not apply to ebayamerican or overseas sites (come on guys), global sounds, grey importers, bulk buy discounts or site licence prices apply or to prices of other sellers that are available for less than one week. Price Match does not apply if retailers are out of stock or if Musos Corner is out of stock of the product in question. Shipping is also generally not included with the Price Match, that said we will always endeavour to pass on the very best price we possibly can.

 

Payments

Pricing Policy
All of our prices are in Australian dollars (AUD) and include Australian GST (Goods and Services Tax). All transactions are processed in AUD.

In this industry our suppliers can often change their prices quickly and without notice. Sometimes the website or the store will not accurately represent these price changes and sometimes there may be genuine pricing errors due to either technical or human error. In these instances we are not bound by the information offered in error and may not be able to honor the incorrect price, but we will explain the error to you and do everything we can to pass on the best possible deal.

Do you guys Lay-by? 
We certainly do in store, for an online lay-by each one is selected upon its own merrits with a 50% Deposit if approved. For in store Lay-bys: 20% Deposit, followed by weekly or fortnightly payments for 8 weeks. If cancelled, a 20% of RRP Fee will incurr.

 

 

Freight

How do I know if my item ships Free?
Many products we stock have free shipping to certain locations.
Please put in your address into the freight calculator and if there is no delivery charge your order may be eligible for free delivery. General exceptions include anything over 20kg or 105cm and areas as deemed remote by our delivery partners, including all of NT & WA.
Some Items on ZipMoney, ZipPay, or Studio19 Finance may not be eligable for free delivery. We will contact you if this is the case.
Some large/heavy items (over 20kg) , or items deemed not able to be delivered by our standard courier, Australia Post, may have an extra shipping charge.

Free Postage Details
Some items such as certain pedals and stomp boxes, accessories and effects may have free postage. This will go via the cheapest method. Courier/Express/Insurance/Registered Post would be extra. Please contact us for more information or check the "Free Freight" tab at the top of our website.

Express Post
Sometimes we can Express Post/Courier your items if necessary but additional charges may apply. Orders generally leave at 2:00pm daily so if you need an item ASAP, make sure it is ordered by 1pm (please call 1300 687 672) to ensure there is stock of the item and to get an estimated time of arrival. Express post is to capital / major cities only (for next day service). This service is for small items under 3KG only!

How can I track my order?
Check your email and you will have been sent a tracking number, input the number into either Fastway CouriersStartrack or Australia Post's Track & Trace engine. If you have any problems, please call us and we will call the couriers on your behalf.

Do you take international orders?
Sorry, we do not take international orders, we only sell and ship around Mainland Australia & Tasmania. For remote & Island locations please contact us.

How much is shipping?
To work out a shipping cost, please go through the cart and our system will work out a freight price to your area.
If you think there may be an error, or want to clarify the price, you are welcome to contact us and we will work out the best shipping price for you.
There may be some exceptions for heavy or large items (over 25kg), remote locations or some regional areas. We will contact you if this problem arises prior to shipping the goods.

Do you offer freight insurance?
We certainly do, and highly recommend it as Australia is a big country. Insurance / Shipping protection is available and is only 1.5% of the value of the goods.

Can I pick my goods up in store?    
Of course! Unlike some stores, we do not charge for you to pick up in store. We are open 7 days for your convenience, but please give us a date and time of pick up so we can make sure your goods are ready. Orders that are left for over 1 week and not picked up will be returned to stock, unless other arrangements have been made. Valid ID will be required for picking up goods that have been paid for online or over the phone.

What if I am not home for the delivery?
IF you are not home, the driver will leave a card in your mail box so you can pick-up from the local depot/post office or arrange a re-delivery. 
We have found it to be much quicker & easier to have all items sent to a business address where someone will be present.

Can I ask for the courier to leave the goods at my door?
Whilst it Is possible, we highly recommend that you do not do it. All freight warranty & insurance will be void. Only do so at your own risk, if someone steals it, Musos Corner & The freight company will not be held accountable.
If you will not be able to take the delivery, it might be worth asking a friend or neighbour to take delivery of it for you.

What if it appears my goods have been freight damaged?
Please check all items before signing for them! This is very important. Do not sign for an item that appears damaged, to sign for them means "Signed for in good working order" and subsequently is out of the couriers hands, and voids insurance. If this was not possible, there can be a 24 Hour window to try and claim insurance, please contact us & the courier immediately. This only applies to orders that have paid for Insurance & are sent via courier. 

Can the courier or delivery person call me prior to delivery?
Unfortunately as often as we request this, we get denied as many times. No courier or Australia post worker will call you prior to delivery despite any bribes we may try and offer.
If you select courier we will send you a tracking number which you can use to find out an estimated time of arrival for your goods, or alternatively have it sent to a business address.

Can I have my goods delivered on the weekend or after hours?
Unfortunately this is not possible at the current point in time, however you are welcome to pickup in store late night Thursday or on weekends from our Newcastle store. Please contact us to set a pickup time.

Send to a PO BOX?
We cannot ship guitars to a PO BOX under any circumstances. Australia Post will not accept deliveries over 105cm LCM, we cannot change their policy.

Products

Do i need to set up my product?
All guitars come fully set up ready to play (after a quick tuning). Banjos will need to be set up after delivery as they cannot be shipped set up unless they are bought with a case. Some products like piano stands require some basic assembly as they are flat packed for shipping. Digitial pianos and clavinovas may require some simple assembly.

Are all products brand new?
Yes! Everything we sell, unless clearly specified, is considered brand new with full warranty. Some items, especially guitars will have been taken out of their boxes for inspection, demonstration or quality assurance. This in no way effects your warranty supplied to you by Musos Corner or Australian consumer law.

Are the items individually photographed?
All images are for illustration purposes unless otherwise specified. While we wish we could take photos of every exact item, this is not always possible and we use the pictures supplied by either the a) Australian Supplier or b) Manufacturer. 
If you require a specialty photo of your instrument prior to purchase, just contact us to see if this is available.

Does my item come with Australian warranty
All items we sell come with Australian Warranty, please read our returns policy fo rmore information. Some manufactuers provide aditional warranty over the 12 months once registering the product with them. This warranty is between you and the manufactuer, but we will be happy to help should any is needed.

Product Changes
All product descriptions and specifications listed online are subject to change without notice and all images are for illustration purpose only.