Gibson launches the Murphy Lab, dedicated to building historically accurate guitars

Gibson Tom Murphy Aged Les Paul
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Gibson has announced that Tom Murphy, a pioneer in the world of electric guitar relic work, has joined the company to head up the newly-created Murphy Lab, which will function as a division of the Gibson Custom Shop focused on building historically accurate guitars.

In his role as Master Artisan, Murphy will lead the Lab in “re-imagining and implementing new ways of delivering the Gibson Custom Shop historic experience.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.