Gibson Custom Shop Wildwood Spec by Tom Murphy 1958 Les Paul Standard
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.
This is one of the finest examples of a "Telecaster-on-steroids" Les Paul I've ever had the privilege of playing! It's bright and biting, with punchy midrange and super-tight lows. In fact, let's take a detour and talk about the bass response, because the low-end is INSANELY articulate. Big, jangly open chords, strange jazz voicings, and thick inversions on the low strings all ring out with exceptional clarity and balance, making this serial a joy to play for nuanced rhythm work. The bridge pickup has plenty of upper-mid quack and a bell-like resonance to the trebles, while the neck pickup has more warmth in the low-midrange and slightly fatter bass response. This serial's ability to cut through a mix with its bright voice makes it a great choice for lead work, and its supreme clarity and tight bass make it the sort of guitar that can provide exemplary rhythm work on just about any type of track. Anyone looking for a crisp Les Paul that plays like butter will love this serial!
|Brand||Gibson Custom Shop|
|Model||Wildwood Spec by Tom Murphy 1958 Les Paul Standard|
|Finish Color||Hand-Painted Tom Murphy Sunburst|
|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||'50s Rounded Tom Murphy "C"|
|Neck Dimensions||.890 1st - 1.000 12th|
|Fingerboard||Rosewood attached with Hot Hide Glue|
|Width at Nut||1 11/16"|
|Binding||Single-Ply Cream on Top and Hand-Filed Rolled Fingerboard Binding|
|Pickups||2 Custom Buckers wound to Wildwood Spec|
|Controls||2 Volume, 2 Tone and 3-way Toggleswitch|
|Tailpiece||Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar|
|Unique Features||Vintage Accurate Plastic Parts|
|Case||Gibson Custom Hardshell|
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