Gibson Custom Shop Wildwood Spec 1959 Flying V – Aged by Tom Murphy
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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.
To V or Not to V
To paraphrase a little-known English playwright and poet, "To V, or not to V, that is hardly a question: especially when the V is of the Wildwood Spec variety." William Shakespeare may not have actually said that, but the sentiment is still accurate: there is no question as to whether or not you should V, because the new Wildwood Spec 1959 Flying Vs from Gibson Custom are cooler than Miles Davis eating a popsicle in the middle of a snowstorm in Greenland.
From Flop to Legend
The Wildwood Spec Flying V is a stunning recreation of the first Flying Vs that arrived in the late fifties. Back then, the V's futuristic styling was a bit too avant-garde for the general public, and it flopped completely before Gibson discontinued it entirely. Later, when guitar players figured out that pointy guitars are awesome, these original examples became some of the most sought-after guitars in the world. Some serials fetch a cool quarter-million dollars on the used market! Since not all of us have mansions to mortgage for an original '59, we asked our friends at Gibson Custom to capture some of that vintage magic in a modern Custom Shop guitar.
As they always do, the wizards at Gibson Custom delivered. They picked high-quality mahogany bodies that resonate with force and clarity, and plopped in two Wildwood Spec Custombuckers. These slightly-underwound PAF-inspired pickups have a ton of vintage mojo. They're woody and clear, but they have immense girth. The bridge pickup has plenty of rasp, punch, and snarl in the midrange to go with muscular lows and sunny, sweet highs. In the neck position, you'll find broad, throaty midrange along with warm, robust low-end and singing highs. Playing one of these Wildwood Spec Vs is like stepping into a classic record, and we are sure their vintage vibes will inspire you to set fire to the fretboard.
We are proud to showcase the Wildwood Spec 1959 Flying V. We believe it captures the spirit of those iconic original Flying Vs from 1959 with exceptional accuracy, and we know it will hlpe you make joyous noise for a long time.
|Brand||Gibson Custom Shop|
|Model||Wildwood Spec 1959 Flying V Aged by Tom Murphy|
|Finish Color||Antique Natural|
|Finish Type||Aged by the Man, the Myth, the Legend: Tom Murphy|
|Neck Shape||Authentic '59 Rounded C|
|Neck Dimensions||.900 1st - 1.020 12th|
|Scale Length||24 3/4"|
|Width at Nut||1 11/16"|
|Pickups||2 Wildwood Spec Custombuckers|
|Controls||2 Volume, 1 Tone, 3-Way Switch|
|Tuners||Kluson Deluxe w/Keystone Buttons|
|Case||Gibson Black Hardshell Case|
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