- Jul 25, 2001
Looks like different set of thumbwheels on the Murphy Lab Les Paul (brass ? )
That's a pretty solid statement. I have reproduction guitars, with great aging on them from private luthiers, and while I agree that the murphy aging isn't close there comes a point when you have to "know what it isn't" .. There's nothing wrong with a new custom shop reissue and just playing the damn thing because it's a great guitar. "knowing what it isn't" is a good thing. A bit of an awakening.. Just because it's not an original 1959 Les paul doesn't mean its not a great guitar. I love an original burst, but a new reissue is great too.The opportunity cost of the Murphy painted ones makes any potential purchase decision for me. So many many more things in the queue in front of one.
This nonsense about moving nearer to the vintage stuff is soul destroying.
I have a 20 year old Murphy in my hands at the moment, a great guitar in and of itself, I know what it is, and more importantly what it isn't.
I have a 15 59TH, original 74LPC and a 66 original SG. That’s ALL I need lolI hear you and the beauty part for the consumer is the choices . I have always loved the gloss finish on my R9's and R8's . I wouldn't get to caught up in the plasticizers issue as the finish is thin and the wood breathes plenty and you can feel it in your hands as the wood vibrates and sings and sustains like crazy -honest !!!!!!!! Don't believe me , take one for a test drive in your local shop in your neck of the woods .