- Feb 3, 2010
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Here is a story about this very, very rare one of a kind Murphy Lab, heavy aged custom shop Les Paul. I Had a hunch about this guitar, so me and my guitar buying partner Ron Miller took a 12 hour round trip journey to Willcut Guitars Lexington, Kentucky. When we got there I confirmed (see pics) that this guitar was indeed, a Murphy Lab, heavy aged 1959 reissue. This is normal, but here is where the story gets interesting! On inspection the guitar was found to have aging that stops on the front headstock with no “Les Paul model” silk screen. Then on the back headstock, there is no serial number! None. It is only stamped mod. On further inspection, the control cavity says “lac test #3 with the initials “TM” and the date. It ends up that this guitar is a Murphy Lab prototype that originally was not supposed to leave the factory. Tom and John Wilford have confirmed these things. So, it is not only a prototype, but left the factory somewhat unfinished with no serial number. No one with Gibson has ever seen one leave without something on the back of the headstock at least in sharpie marker. So this is maybe the rarest Murphy Lab aged R9 to date. The COA from the Gibson Murphy lab says “no serial number”. The guitar was stamped “mod” from the mod shop and has the custom buckers designed for the CS ES335’s and sounds amazing. All the more rare and collectible. Thanks!