Gibson Customn Shop Murphy Lab 1957 Les Paul Custom 2-Pickup Ebony Fingerboard Ultra Light Aged Ebony(Black)

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Gibson Customn Shop Murphy Lab 1957 Les Paul Custom 2-Pickup Ebony Fingerboard Ultra Light Aged Ebony(Black)


The Original Black Beauty

Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail.

With its elegant lines and ebony/pearl/gold aesthetic, the 1957 Les Paul™ Custom is easily one of the most iconic and beautiful guitars ever made. It features a body carved out of a single large piece of solid mahogany, unique among Les Paul models. The resulting dark mid-range tone from the body pairs perfectly with its bright-sounding solid ebony fingerboard. Altogether, it’s the pinnacle of guitar craftsmanship, design, and tone. Gibson Custom Shop is proud to revive every last detail of the original “Black Beauty” for this ‘57 Les Paul Custom Reissue, from the dimensions and contours to the precise inlay patterns, to the entire ownership experience. 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.

Meet the Master

Tom Murphy, the Master Artisan and namesake of the newly created Murphy Lab, was central to the creation of the Gibson Custom Shop and personally developed the process of aging guitars. For 25 years, he has been replicating the vibe and character of vintage instruments on the canvas of newly-created guitars. With a deep knowledge of authentic instruments, passion for his work, and visionary creativity, Tom has developed the tools and techniques to age guitars with more accuracy and attention to detail than ever before.

Gibson Vintage Greatest Hits, Expertly Aged

Using the most sophisticated tools and technology, master artisan Tom Murphy and his team create each Murphy Lab guitar inside our Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Each instrument is a unique, handcrafted work of art, with the character, vibe, and feel of an original.

Ultra Light Aging

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 patina hardware, and a hand-rolled fingerboard binding.

Down to the Last Detail

  • Checked Finish

We 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.

    Model1957 Les Paul Custom 2-Pickup Ebony Ultra Light Aged
    BuilderGibson Custom Shop - Murphy Lab
    Body TypeSolid Body
    Body Wood1-Piece Solid Mahogany
    Finish TypeNitrocellulose Lacquer
    Finish ColorEbony
    AgingMurphy Lab Ultra Light Aged
    BindingMulti-ply Binding
    Neck WoodSolid Mahogany
    Neck CarveChunky C-Shape
    Scale Length24.75" / 628.65mm
    Neck Radius12"
    Frets22 - Historic Medium-Jumbo
    Nut Width1.69" / 42.85mm
    Nut MaterialNylon
    Neck FinishNitrocellulose Lacquer
    Inlays1950s Pattern Mother of Pearl
    Neck PickupCustombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
    Bridge PickupCustombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
    PickguardMulti-ply Laminated Acrylic
    BridgeNo-Wire ABR-1 with Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
    TunersKluson Waffleback with Pearloid Tips
    Controls3-Way Toggle, 2 Volume, 2 Tone
    ElectronicsCTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
    Case Gibson Custom Shop Hard Shell Brown/Pink
    Weight9.30 Pounds (9 lbs 5 oz)