Gibson previews first Murphy Lab models with sneak peek at new artificially aged Les Pauls

Gibson Murphy Lab Les Pauls
(Image credit: Gueikian/Instagram)

At the tail end of 2019, Gibson announced the Murphy Lab, a new division of the Gibson Custom Shop that focuses on building historically accurate guitars – and now we’ve been offered our first glimpse at these Tom Murphy-masterminded models.

In a new Instagram post, Gibson CMO Cesar Gueikian shared shots of three new aged Les Pauls with the caption, “We’re working on some #epic stuff #prototype at the Murphy Lab - Gibson Custom Shop Historic Collection”.

The trio of LPs – two ’bursts and one goldtop – feature comprehensive checking and finish wear. And as you’d expect from Murphy – one of the original pioneers of guitar aging – the results are impressively authentic.

There’s no word on when we can expect the first of these models to be officially announced, but we’ll keep you posted.

Until then, you can admire this delectable trio…

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Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).