Murphy Lab Heavy Aged Pics

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Just wanted to share some pics for those interested in this model. A big thank you to those friends who have been buying my other gear to allow me to order this one and a thank you to Willcutt's for a good deal.

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After finally seeing one of these in person I can only say that Tom Murphy is a Master and I am not worthy....

He and his team did a beautiful job.
 

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Damn, huge congrats. That looks utterly fantastic !! Often I feel that relic jobs can look a bit overdone or underwhelming but this one is just spot on. Incredible
 

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I saw one of the black ES-335s at GC yesterday. It looked pretty cool but I didn't play it or anything (I only play if I'm buying that day). Yours looks neat.
 

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beautiful! I have an ultra light Murphy lab ‘59 in factory burst, the guitar is fantastic sounding and playing however I noticed a couple spots where the finish chipped off on the inside of the horn and another spot on the edge, are you experiencing any chipping on yours?
 

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I saw one of the black ES-335s at GC yesterday. It looked pretty cool but I didn't play it or anything (I only play if I'm buying that day). Yours looks neat.
Yes I saw those online. They look really nice. I bet they sound great too with the new finish.
 

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beautiful! I have an ultra light Murphy lab ‘59 in factory burst, the guitar is fantastic sounding and playing however I noticed a couple spots where the finish chipped off on the inside of the horn and another spot on the edge, are you experiencing any chipping on yours?

It just arrived today. But I will let you know if it does happen with this one.
 

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I will say that they did a good job of making the intentionally applied damage look like real ageing.

I don't philosophically agree with faking the ageing process but they did it well.
 

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It just arrived today. But I will let you know if it does happen with this one.
I went nuts a couple weeks ago and bought a ‘57 ultra light Murphy aged black beauty and the ‘59 factory burst, they’re both ultra light aged but the factory burst has way more checking on the sides, it almost looks like a mosaic
 

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Awesome!, there are three available in the U.K. with a similar flame top, going to look at one tomorrow. Congrats, this range are a very nice uplift to the reissue spec, I know it’s all marketing and we are being suckered into dropping huge sums, lol, but it is probably, for me, the best of all the improvements they have been doing over the last two decades.
 
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Beautiful guitar and the aging is truly amazing work. Aged guitars just are not my thing but I appreciate the detail and am completely stoked for the new owner(s).
 

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I went nuts a couple weeks ago and bought a ‘57 ultra light Murphy aged black beauty and the ‘59 factory burst, they’re both ultra light aged but the factory burst has way more checking on the sides, it almost looks like a mosaic
A couple things...If you are not considering any kind of warranty claim for that then I would get a lacquer touch up marker from StewMac.com and seal that spot so you do not loose more adjacent pieces. But you may want to bring it to your dealers attention first and see what they say.

From looking at both finishes I am wondering if they even use the same finish on the heavy vs light aged or the same aging process. Mine almost looks like a varnish that has been chemically wrinkled and yours look like a brittle nitro that has been temperature cracked. But who knows I am just throwing out ideas....beautiful guitar by the way.
 
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I knocked mine every so gently on top of guitar stand today, the lacquer cracked in a very different way to the 2020 model I have, it’s definitely a more brittle formula, as the lacquer has cracked rather than chipped or just left a dent like it did on the R0, the tiny little mark left looks more aesthetically pleasing somehow, as far as dints go that is. So I guess what I am saying is, expect some flaking of lacquer to some degree, that’s what it does, and what people has been sending out to HM and others to provide. As they say, it’s not a fault it’s a feature.
 

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It's certainly very hard, thin and brittle. It also sounds nice and alive, I'm very happy with it and when the new ML's where announced I have to admit rolling my eye's and muttering proanfities Gibson's way but I'am a convert.
 

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A couple things...If you are not considering any kind of warranty claim for that then I would get a lacquer touch up marker from StewMac.com and seal that spot so you do not loose more adjacent pieces. But you may want to bring it to your delaers attention first and see what they say.

From looking at both finishes I am wondering if they even use the same finish on the heavy vs light aged or the same aging process. Mine almost looks like a varnish that has been chemically wrinkled and yours look like a brittle nitro that has been temperature cracked. But who knows I am just throwing out ideas....beautiful guitar by the way.
That’s what I did, I have a friend thats in the guitar painting busines, she matched the lacquer but was afraid to wet sand and buff it, I ended up buffing the areas and it now looks like an old but good touch up job, I believe they’re using no placticizers in the nitro blend
 

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If Gibson is smart they’re going after the aftermarket refin/aging folks. For a small upcharge at the factory it makes sense for them and the customer as resale would be much easier.
 


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