GIBSON CREATES THE MURPHY LAB

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  1. bender66

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    The Murphy Lab? What could go wrong?
     
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    I dunno. I have mixed feelings about it. It's sort of like buying some shoes that are already worn in. I mean, I kinda want to do that myself. On the other hand, if they do it right, that guitar should be pretty comfortable right out of the case. But, where's MY mojo gonna fit in? Then, how much do I have to pay for the honor of having had someone else fake break it in for me? When/if I buy a guitar that looks like that, I like the idea of a story and a history behind it. I like knowing the guitar I have in my hands was played by a guy who gigged it in smokey bars and it had beer on it and maybe it was wielded to keep someone of the stage at some point. I just feel like there's an element of falseness to it when it's been "relic'd". But, what do I know?
     
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    Best idea Gibson ever had.

    Doctors and Lawyers love that kind of stuff

    It's sounds like a secret cold war laboratory, hidden underground; but it will probably be on the same shop floor, lol
     
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    I relic a guitar in less than a year. Not for me. I do it the right way, just playing and beating it
     
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    I suppose a lot of people would think I'm crazy, but I like to take care of my instruments. I don't mind a few dings, but I'd refinish that Les Paul.
     
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    That guitar will never intonate properly.
     
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    I like it. That at least looks like a old guitar compared to most of them.
     
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    Haha trueness
     
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    Agreed that's convincing if really you want something that beaten up.
     
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    DOh - that IS an actual 54, not a relic job.
     
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    That's a hell of an observation on a Tele site, where the guitars & their subsequent reissues haven't had compensated saddles for about seven decades or so.
     
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    Back in the days where you could walk into Elderly and there’d be 20 or so Strats and Tele’s on the rack to play (and a bunch more in the back) the Relics were, by far, always the best of them.

    Best feeling, best playing, the ones you wouldn’t wanna put down.

    That’s when my mind was changed about that whole segment.


    On the other hand, I never ponied up for one because I think they’re all over-priced.

    Especially the Gibson’s
     
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    That looks like it was well cared for to me.

    I wish all mine would/could age gracefully like this.
     
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    "The Gibson Custom shop’s new Murphy Lab will focus on building historically-accurate guitars, under the leadership of Tom Murphy – renowned for his expertise in meticulously ageing Gibson guitars."

    I have absolutely nothing against relic instruments; I love them.
    But what I don't buy is once again a marketing BSing from a company that already has a line-up of "True Historic" presented, as the name suggests, like perfectly "historically-accurate guitars".

    AFAK, Fender Custom Shop have never followed this kind of marketing strategy, have they?
     
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    It's about time we finally have a thread about relic guitars and how people feel about them ...
     
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    It is a curious move. Virtually all the major companies have put out "historically accurate" reliced guitars. They have been ridiculed by average players but despite incredible costs, the "limited" production runs, they sell out. While Gibson undoubtedly will find a market which will justify this operation, they really haven't done enough (if anything) to make "regular" guitar players buy a Gibson. I admit I like the look, but I would rather age a guitar myself.
     
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    Thank you! You are not the first person to praise my keen insight. It’s a gift.
     
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    So I am crazy with you. Here's a picture of my 1st guitar, a June 1980 Gibson ES335-TD LH that I bought 2nd hand in December 1980, with its original matching case :

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    It's a 39 year-old instrument. Any traces of relic'ment ? No : I take care of my instruments.

    IMHO, before going Murphy Lab relic'ing & Co, Gibson should improve the quality of their instruments, instead of their price and useless fancyness façon MKII/Deluxe/ltd Ed./Super Premium/AAAAAAA++/Machinchoz signature/Ultimate/VSOP/etc... :lol:

    But it's me, OK ? :D

    -tbln
     
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    I don't really care what they do, but sales will ultimately be the decider if it's a good idea or not. But personally, I would never buy a relic'd guitar, and I especially would not pay a premium for one.
     
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