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1959 Burst VS 1959 Murphy Lab Les Paul

Gretev1

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Interesting comparison between a vintage 1959 Les Paul and a modern Murphy Lab 1959 Les Paul. For those who do not speak German. It is explained that the first guitar has a „Klein“ pickup in the neck and explains the bridge pickup is a „Korean Ibanez“ and also that the middle position is out of phase. The second guitar is a stock 59 burst. Interesting to hear that the Murphy Lab sounds much clearer to my ears.

 

Gretev1

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For the all mystique around vintage LPs etc they're not all great guitars, however do command big bucks.
This is true. However, form some odd reason a very good sounding vintage Les Paul seems to be very difficult for modern luthiers to replicate. I don‘t buy the myth that vintage Les Pauls sound „good“ due to aging as they sounded that way with little aging on recordings from the 60‘s. I assume a good one sounded that way straight out of the box. It is rare to find a new Les Paul sound like a good burst. I think this video is an example of a modern Les Paul that sounds very close:

Still not exact. But close.
 
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