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Honest Review - Gibson Murphy Lab Heavy Aged

yeatzee

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What's up guys, finally done with my review of the Gibson Murphy Lab Heavy Aged a friend purchased and let me borrow for a while. This is an actual review, not a demo from a store trying to sell you stuff so I go over the good, the bad and the inbetween I do closeup comparisons of the aging vs vintage and my M2M aged goldtop, and I also do a tonal comparison with my goldtop. Took a ton of work, but should be extremely helpful for anyone interested in grabbing one of the new Murphy Labs! Hope you enjoy! I do have timestamps on youtube, I don't think it works when it's embedded so if you just click on the video to go to youtube you'll see them listed so you can jump to whatever section you want.

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EDIT: Does LPF block youtube videos embeds now? You can just CLICK HERE TO WATCH.

Overall I liked the guitar a lot. If felt really high quality, definitely different feeling lacquer vs the other Gibson's I own and have played. The aging is a bit hit or miss depending on your preferences. The weight was great and the top is fantastic on this particular guitar. I felt like the pickups were a little ehh and pretty unbalanced between the neck and bridge. The guitar played great though and I did enjoy having it in my possession while I had it.
 
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ourmaninthenorth

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Just says video unavailable on my end. So odd!
Yep. I tried to post your youtube clip from my end to see if it'd work. Hit the same snag as you.

People can however simply hit the tab in your post to see the video, which I hope they do, it's clear you've put a lot of work into this.

Thanks again.
 

Morgan24

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Great review, thank you. I think the checking on the Murphy is way off, looks very fake!! My hope is that Gibson start using real nitro again🤘
 

yeatzee

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so did you love it ???
Not my guitar, but no I didn't fall for it. I do love that gold top though! There's only one other LP I've ever really loved besides that GT, and it's a friends 60th R9. Spectacular guitar that, one of these days we'll get it in a video.

Great review, thank you. I think the checking on the Murphy is way off, looks very fake!! My hope is that Gibson start using real nitro again🤘
Thanks! I tried to show in the video examples of how varied vintage checking can be. I'd say some of it looks good, others less good. It has been interesting how all over the map ML guitar checking has been from what I've seen online. Very much luck of the draw!
 

The Guitar Hunter

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good review and comparison. I'm not sold on these based on what I've seen and played, but I'm sure they're great for those that are. I'll stick with my pedestrian or muggle Custom Shop guitars.
 

TM1

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I have a Murphy Labs R-9 coming this week. It'll be interesting to see how it stacks up against my R-0 Historic Makeovers from 2002. I bought it New back then in 2003. It was shipped to GC in October 2002 and was 1 of 5.
 
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