The Legend Returns

Tom Murphy is a legend in our industry. Over the years, Tom's relentless dedication to replicating the magic of vintage instruments has made him an authority in the guitar world, and all you need to do is look at his list of clients to see proof of his skills. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton and Peter Frampton have all called on Tom to apply his signature magic to their guitars.

So, when our friends at Gibson offered us the opportunity to join such an illustrious list of collaborators, we simply couldn't resist. Now, after months of careful preparation and development, Wildwood Guitars and the Gibson Custom Shop are proud to unveil the Wildwood Spec by Tom Murphy Les Paul Standard Series.

You can see Tom's passion, artistic flair and eye for detail in the historically-accurate plastics, historic serial numbers and stunning Murphy-Burst finishes that grace each one of these guitars, but their appeal goes far beyond the tangible aspects of guitar design. Tom Murphy has imbued these guitars with a vintage mojo that is hard to quantify but impossible to miss. His talent and dedication practically seep through every pore of the wood, and the resulting instruments are some of the most accurate Burst recreations we have EVER played.

The Magic is in the Details

The Wildwood Spec by Tom Murphy Les Paul Standards are so much more than meets the eye. We began by hand-selecting premium maple tops and Indian Rosewood fingerboards, and we carefully matched them to give each instrument its own unique visual aesthetic. Then, Tom did the rest with his wizard’s touch. He painted each and every one of these instruments completely by hand, and they also feature his ultra-accurate top carve, hand-stamped hangtags, all-hide glue construction, and reinforced metal jack plates. To complete the package, each of these Les Pauls features our proprietary Wildwood Spec Custombucker pickups, which we believe offer the ultimate vintage PAF sound. These phenomenal instruments have been personally crafted to look and sound as authentic as humanly possible, and we believe this dedication to the details is why they capture the mojo of our favorite vintage Les Pauls with such jaw-dropping precision.

More Options Than Ever

Of course, we couldn’t stop with just one finish or just one tribute to just one year of production. We are proud to offer reissues of the Les Paul’s 1958, 1959 and 1960 incarnations, because we couldn’t bring ourselves to pick just one model to celebrate! Additionally, we worked directly with Tom to develop three stunning finishes: a Murphy Sunburst, a Murphy Teaburst, and a Murphy Lemonburst, each of which features a meticulous replication of a UV fade out of a traditional sunburst. Wildwood Guitars is honored to offer these exceptional instruments to our exceptional customers in both gloss and aged finishes for a total of six distinctive looks.

Any guitar that Tom Murphy touches usually leaves the Wildwood team in total shock and awe, but these guitars have exceeded our lofty expectations. They've left our jaws stuck firmly on the floor ever since the moment we unboxed them. They’ve blown us away in every way imaginable, and we are proud to present the next chapter of Tom Murphy’s artistry: The Wildwood Spec by Tom Murphy Les Paul Standard.

Sonic Evaluation

This Les Paul is as warm, beefy, and decadent as a grade-A cut of filet mignon! In general, this serial has lots of deep bass, a lush high-end, and a pleasing openness. The neck pickup is great for warm, smooth lead tones thanks to its low-midrange warmth, ridiculous bass, and transparent trebles. The lows tighten up a bit when you flip to bridge position, and you also get a little more upper-midrange quack and gorgeous, singing trebles. I could see this Les Paul making a Duane Allman fan happy with its warmth and expressiveness, but it could also be a great guitar for a hard rock guy because because it produces such an enormous, full sound. Either way, this serial will make anyone looking for fat Les Paul tone an extremely happy camper!

Condition Report

This Murphy-painted '58 Les Paul is in excellent shape with only a handful of small cosmetic issues. There are light signs of play wear on the top, and there is a small ding on the headstock by the edge of the truss rod cover. On the back, there is some worming, and there are a few small dings. Finally, there is a chip by the edge of the control cavity cover. If you don't mind a few small imperfections, you can snag an awe-inspiring Les Paul at an excellent value. And, it comes with its original hardshell Lifton case and certificate of authenticity.


ModelWildwood Spec by Tom Murphy 1958 Les Paul Standard
Finish ColorHand-Painted Tom Murphy Sunburst
Weight8.91 lbs
Top WoodHand-selected 2 Piece Figured Maple attached with Hot Hide Glue
Body WoodLightweight Solid Mahogany
Neck Wood1-Piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon
Neck Shape50's Rounded Tom Murphy "C"
Neck Dimensions.910 1st - 1.010 12th
FingerboardRosewood attached with Hot Hide Glue
Fingerboard Radius12"
InlaysCellulose Trapezoids
Scale Length24.75"
Width at Nut1 11/16"
BindingSingle-Ply Cream on Top and Hand-Filed Rolled Fingerboard Binding
Pickups2 Custom Buckers wound to Wildwood Spec
Controls2 Volume, 2 Tone and 3-way Toggleswitch
TailpieceLightweight Aluminum Stopbar
TunersKluson "Deluxe"
Unique FeaturesVintage Accurate Plastic Parts
CaseGibson Custom Hardshell

Why Order from Wildwood Guitars?

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