Gibson Custom Shop 60th Anniversary Wildwood Spec by Tom Murphy 1960 Les Paul Standard V2 – Gloss
When you search "Tom Murphy" on Google, nary a single guitar-related thread comes up. Every page is about another fellow named Tom Murphy who plays catcher for the Seattle Mariners. When you dig deeper and search "Tom Murphy guitar" you might find a profile from his hometown paper in Marion, Illinois that traces his story arc from his origins as a guitar-obsessed teen to his time as a Nashville sideman to his tenure at Gibson Guitars, where he was a project manager in charge of reissuing a little-known obscurity from Gibson's history: the 1959 Les Paul. Go further down the rabbit hole and you'll find a list of clients that will make your jaw drop: Jimmy Page, Dickey Betts, Joe Perry, Billy Gibbons, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, and Gary Rossington. Why do so many rock stars seek out Tom?
The Murphy Magic
The answer is simple: the man is a certifiable wizard. Facetiousness aside, consider this example: after Peter Frampton's famous Les Paul Custom rested in pieces in the debris of a crashed cargo plane for thirty years, Tom was able to bring it back to life and make it sing again. Some might chalk that up to magic, but it's much simpler than that. He's just a master craftsman who has honed his skills for decades.
As a professional player, Tom gained the sort of intimate knowledge of guitars that can only come when you're struggling to make a repair during a set break during a four-hour gig. He also saw untold thousands of real-life roadworn guitars, which gave him an excellent sense of what an aged reissue should look like. Finally, as a finish specialist for Gibson, he absorbed as much knowledge as he could from his peers. Because of his training and real-world experiences, his guitars look as authentic as can be.
Happy Anniversary!Wildwoodians, we are proud to present the latest and greatest from the Gibson Custom Shop: the 60th Anniversary Wildwood Spec by Tom Murphy 1960 Les Paul Standard. To celebrate the spirit of '60 (the last year of the Les Paul's original production run), Tom and our friends at Gibson have pulled out all the stops, decking our Wildwood Spec editions out with our beloved Wildwood Spec Custombuckers, sweet exclusive finishes, hand-selected tops, and aged plastics. Plus, they have three different neck profiles available, so you can find the Lester with the most comfortable feel for your individual playing style! We're giddy with excitement over these anniversary gifts, and we know they will inspire you to no end!
The Spirit of 1960
Gibson's original "Burst" Les Pauls are perhaps the most sought-after vintage guitars of all time. They are renowned for their beauty and snowflake-like uniqueness. After all, each one had a different level of flame in the maple top, and each finish received a different amount of UV light, which drastically changes the finish. So, no two are alike, and that's the beauty of the burst.
And there aren't many originals to compare, because Gibson made less than 2,000 Les Pauls between 1958 and 1960. Near the tail end of that run, they started putting slimmer necks on them. These guitars had lightning-fast feel that appealed to lots of rock and blues guitar players in the '60s. One of these players, a young British man named Eric Clapton, touched off the British blues revolution and the Les Paul renaissance by playing his '60--nicknamed "Beano"--on John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers' album of the same name.
Of course, an original '60 Les Paul will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of three-hundred grand. Since not all of us have that kind of money lying around in our couch cushions, we decided to ask our friends at the Gibson Custom Shop to make Wildwood an affordable vintage recreation that captures the mojo of those original slim-necked '60 LPs. We're proud to present the fruits of their labors: the 60th Anniversary Wildwood Spec 1960 Les Paul Standard.
Capturing the Vibe
Whenever the illustrious Mr. Murphy and the folks at the Custom Shop cook us up a batch of Wildwood Spec Les Pauls, his primary is to capture vintage magic in a brand-new instrument. All great vintage guitars started with great woods, so our resident Gibson expert visited the Custom Shop to hand-pick each and every top and fretboard. As a result, these luscious Lesters are sure to induce uncontrollable drooling every time they come out of the case. Of course, such high-quality woods also produce exceptional resonance and sustain.
Speaking of sustain: our friends at the Custom Shop then used hide glue to attach each piece of wood together. Here at Wildwood, we love hide glue the way Pete Townshend loves windmilling. It's a protein-based adhesive that promotes the greatest possible energy transfer between two pieces of wood. This results in maximum resonance and sustain, but it isn't easy. Hide glue is incredibly difficult to work with, and it requires a master's touch (as well as a tremendous amount of patience and elbow grease). The Custom Shop luthiers were up to the task, though, and their incredible skill made these guitars true sonic heavyweights.
We also requested that Gibson use Wildwood Spec pickups in these beasts, and we couldn't be happier with the results. They have such incredible vintage vibe that you'd think you took a time machine back to London circa 1966 when you plug one in. They have all of the qualities we covet in old-school PAFs: warm, clear low-end, upper-midrange snarl, low-mid growl, and sweet, singing highs. The bridge pickup is as punchy, muscular, and articulate as an undefeated prizefighter with a master's degree in communication. Flipping over to the neck pickup makes you feel like you dove into a vat of melted artisan milk chocolate. It's warm, inviting, vocal, creamy, and righteously smooth.
Find the Neck of Your Dreams
To celebrate the 1960 Les Paul's sixtieth birthday, Gibson pulled out all of the stops to create three historically-accurate versions of the model that document its evolution: the V1, the V2, and the V3.
The V1 is meant to represent the earliest Les Pauls produced in the first months of 1960 before Gibson changed the Les Paul's neck profile. So, they have the same Authentic '59 Medium C-Shaped neck profile as the '59.
The V2 is meant to evoke the classic '60 Les Paul, and it has the same Authentic '60 Slim C neck profile that made Eric Clapton fall in love with the Les Paul he nicknamed "Beano."
Finally, the V3 is meant to evoke the guitars that captured the hearts of Jimmy Page and Joe Walsh. It has an Authentic Skinny '60 C neck profile that is imminently shreddable.
The Legend Lives
We believe that these 60th Anniversary Wildwood Spec by Tom Murphy Les Paul Standards capture the magic of 1960 with exceptional accuracy (not to mention, you won't have to take out another mortgage to get one!). We're proud to showcase them for our exceptional customers, and we know they will inspire any Gibson aficionado to reach new heights on their fretboard adventures.
|Brand||Gibson Custom Shop|
|Model||60th Anniversary Wildwood Spec by Tom Murphy 1960 Les Paul Standard|
|Finish Color||Tom's Tea Burst Hand-Painted by Tom Murphy|
|Top Wood||Hand-selected 2-Piece Figured Maple attached with Hot Hide Glue|
|Body Wood||Lightweight Solid Mahogany|
|Neck Wood||1-Piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon|
|Neck Shape||Authentic '60 Slim C Profile|
|Neck Dimensions||.820 1st - .950 12th|
|Fingerboard||Indian Rosewood Attached with Hot Hide Glue|
|Inlays||Aged Cellulose Nitrate Trapezoid|
|Width at Nut||1.69"|
|Frets||22 Authentic Medium Jumbo|
|Pickups||Wildwood Spec Custombuckers|
|Controls||CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors|
|Tailpiece||Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar|
|Tuners||Kluson Single-Line Double-Ring|
|Case||Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch|
|Unique Features||Vintage-Accurate Aged Plastic Parts|
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