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2014 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul R9, Murphy Painted

Les Paul R9, Murphy Painted
Case:
OHSC
Color:
Pearly Gates Burst
Condition:
NOS
Price:
$8,195.00
Description:
While many of our guitars get silly stories, there are that few that deserve something different. This is one such guitar...

I can only imagine that when the concept of these "Murphy painted" Hand Select Les Pauls came up, there were nothing but smiles on the faces of every man in the room. It's an idea that certainly sets these guitars apart from the regular Custom Shop R9's and when we first saw this particular 'Paul in person, Lee and I were infected with those same smiles (I think I might have even heard a giggle.) This beauty is a #1 stunner and exemplifies the sharp eye and discretion of one Mr. Edwin Wilson. He himself picked the tops for this run and it's well known that the next artisan to get his hands on them was Tom Murphy- The man, the myth and certainly the legend. He was the paint guru for these Les Pauls and I have to say that their look hearkens back to the early days of him paining for Gibson in the mid- 90's. This R9 is one of only 24 guitars that were painted in the color of "Pearly Gates" and then sent to select dealers in Japan (at this point, we can now apply the limited number, "wow" factor.) It's also an important fact to know that although these guitars have 2014 specs, they were not built and shipped until 2015. I must assume that the extra time was spent on selection of the materials concerning appearance, weigh, etc. and that wait was certainly worth it because these guitars are, in my humble opinion, peerless. I think it's worth listing the specs on this R9 because they are both unique and important. Here they are:

  • Model: 59 Les Paul Reissue, Murphy Painted
  • "Pearly Gates" Sunburst Color
  • VOS Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Weight: 8 lbs, 9 Oz
  • Highly Figured, Carved Flamed Maple Top
  • Solid Mahogany Body
  • 1- Piece Mahogany Neck
  • 50's Rounded Neck Profile
  • 1- Piece Rosewood Fretboard
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Cellulose Trapezoid Inlays
  • Scale Length- 24.75"
  • 1 11/16" Nut Width
  • Thin Holly Headstock Veneer
  • 1- Ply Binding On Body And Neck
  • 2- Custombucker Pickups
  • Aged Nickel Hardware
  • ABR-1 Bridge
  • Lightweight Aluminum Tailpiece
  • Vintage Kluson Tuners
  • 2014 Historic Plastic
  • Gibson Vintage Hardshell Case With All Case Candy, Accessories, COA, and Hand Select Brochure

    That's an impressive list and only goes to cement the special nature of this guitar. There may be a gaziliion Les Pauls on the planet, but there are only 24 of these. That alone is enough to peak any collector or player's ears but wait until you plug it up for the first time and let it sing. There the reward will be truly yours. Please call or email with any questions or request.

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