Gibson Murphy Lab Aged Acoustics teased by Cesar Gueikian
Have we just seen a Murphy Lab Hummingbird and J-45?
These Gibson Murphy Lab acoustics have been teased by the Gibson brand president Cesar Gueikian. Where he took to social media to show off a Hummingbird and J-45 that both bear all the hallmark ageing processes of Murphy Lab. Could we see Murphy Lab acoustics soon?
Murphy Lab acoustics
Potentially, we could see Murphy Labs acoustics soon, as Cesar Gueikian has just shown off both a Hummingbird and a J-45 model vis his Instagram account. The current Murphy Lab instruments are divided into categories according to how much ageing they have been given. Ultra Heavy Aged, Heavy Aged, Light Aged and UltraLight Aged models are currently offered across many electric guitar models.
Gibson has been steadily releasing a lot of artist signature acoustic models in recent months, including the Cat Stevens J-180 CE, Everly Brothers SJ-200, the Elvis SJ-200 and Dove models, plus Dave Mustaine models, and so it would make sense for them to move into aged models as well.
Possibly, we might even see aged artist acoustic models at some time in the future?
Would you buy one?
As a business Gibson is always looking for new ways to market old models and make money. Therefore, it might make sense for them to offer aged acoustic models. Though, I am not sure that they have the same appeal as an aged electric guitar? To me, personally, I would probably be wary of a bashed-up looking acoustic, as it just looks a little odd and possibly fragile. However, if someone can market old road-worn instruments, then Gibson would be somewhere near the top of that list.
Let us know what you think in the comments section below, and whether or not you would be interested in buying an aged acoustic guitar?
I’m interested in acoustics built from wood that’s been through an aging process like Martin is doing on some models, but not ones that have been “road worn” with scrapes in the finish, etc. A J45 with aged wood could be a real winner.
I got to play a few Custom Shop Gibson electrics for the first time a few weeks ago, and I would have genuinely believed they were vintage unless someone told me; they’re doing a great job in that regard. Honestly though, I personally preferred the regular old Gibson USA models, which were all great guitars.
The bridge and fingerboards on these look mad dry.