A new range of Gibson Murphy Lab Aged Acoustics has been launched and features the 1933 L-00, 1942 Banner J-45, 1942 Banner Southern Jumbo, 1957 SJ-200 flat top, and the 1960 Hummingbird.
The Gibson Murphy Lab Aged Acoustics range is the company’s first foray into aging acoustic guitars, though other companies like Martin have also tried this in the past.
“We are excited to unveil the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab Acoustic Collection. Rest assured; this launch is only the beginning of more epic things to come out of the Gibson Custom Shop Acoustic Murphy Lab.” – Gibson President and CEO Cesar Gueikian
Each model uses thermally aged wood and comes with a light aging process applied by the Murphy Lab.
It launches with the 1933 L-00, 1942 Banner J-45, 1942 Banner Southern Jumbo, 1957 SJ-200 flat top, and the 1960 Hummingbird models.
Each guitar also ships in a period-correct hard case.
It will be interesting to see how the guitar-buying public takes to lightly aged acoustic guitars. I’m guessing that if the thermal aging works well, then these new guitars could sound more broken-in and potentially fuller and more open-sounding.
As with all things from the Murphy Lab, this extra level of finishing adds to the overall cost of these acoustics, so be prepared to pay more for that worn-in look and feel.
Gibson 1960 Hummingbird Light Aged
Gibson 1942 Banner Southern Jumbo LA
Gibson 1933 L-00 Light Aged Ebony
Gibson 1942 Banner J-45 VS Light Aged
Gibson 1957 SJ-200 VS Light Aged
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- Murphy Lab Aged : Gibson