“Museum-grade works of art”: Gibson has unveiled its most ambitious set of Master Artisan instruments yet – trust us, you’ve never seen Custom Shop guitars quite like this before

Gibson Artisan Collection
(Image credit: Gibson)

When Gibson launched its Master Artisan Series of electric guitars in 2022 with an extremely limited run of Leo Scala-designed Flying Vs, it kickstarted a series that has seen the firm go on to celebrate a couple of its standout luthiers. 

Since that initial drop, more ultra-exclusive Leo Scala creations have extended the range to include a Les Paul, SG, and Theodore, while Gibson’s in-house artisan master Rickie Hinrichsen has also delivered three Les Pauls and an amp to the series.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.