The Gibson 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop hand aged by Tom Murphy – A collectable masterpiece
The latest, ultra limited, craftsman created guitar to be launched from Gibson Custom Shop is the Gibson 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop Aged. Bringing together one of the Rock World’s iconic innovators, the Late Jim Marshall, Gibson’s renowned luthier and ageing specialist, Tom Murphy, and the groundbreaking humbucker loaded ’57 Les Paul, this is an astonishing, limited edition guitar.
The year 1957 was a big year for the guitar world. Gibson unveiled its PAF humbuckers, and equipped them to the Les Paul Gold Top. The ’57 Les Paul was, in many ways, the Les Paul we know today. The humbuckers provided the powerful, thick tone, and, coupled with the new Tune-o-matic bridge, the legendary sustain for which the guitar is famed. However, it was arguably when the guitar was married to the other bedrock of rock rock tone, the Marshall JTM45, that the Les Paul found the tone for which it is renowned. It was a union that would change music forever. This ultra limited re-creation of the ’57 Les Paul celebrates the 50th anniversary of the creation of this amplifier, and a beautiful tribute it is, too…
Rock’s True Icons
It is this guitar, perhaps, more than any other that is responsible for defining the sound of rock music, as we know it. At the time of its launch, however, there were no amps available to deliver the now-familiar roaring tone that this guitar was capable of. It would take an innovative British drummer to provide this… The late, legendary, Jim Marshall needs no introduction. Dubbed ‘the Godfather of Loud’, his role in shaping the sound of modern rock. If the ’57 Les Paul were rock’s vocal chords, the Marshall would be it’s screaming mouth. Powerful, dynamic and reliable, Marshall amps are a rock staple.
The Gibson 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop is a guitar that accurately recreates that classic, early, humbucker equipped Les Paul, but is also hand-aged by Gibson’s renowned luthier and master craftsman, Tom Murphy. Tom is a pioneer in the world of guitar ageing- his guitars are hugely collectable in their own right. In celebration of Marshall’s 50th year, this guitar offers an ultra limited, collectable Goldtop model.
The Gibson 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop is already a stunning and collectable guitar, and a worthy tribute to the guitar responsible for rock tone. Branded with Jim Marshall’s signature on the truss-rod cover, and a Marshall logo inlay at the 12th fret, this is truly the meeting of two rock icons. The guitar’s cream pickguard is also hot-stamped with the Marshall 50th anniversary logo. The two pickups are Burstbucker humbuckers, which provide a modern replication of those classic PAF pickups.
The body is constructed from a single piece of mahogany, with a carved maple top. The neck is mahogany with a maple spline, and is glued in via a tenon joint (unsurprisingly). It is also shaped to an authentic, ’50s rounded profile. A rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays finishes things with a classic flourish.
Tom Murphy’s pioneering work in the world of guitar ageing is legendary. Responsible for some of the most natural looking age treatments available, his work is world renowned. The Gibson 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop is a incredible example of his work, with natural lacquer ‘crazing’, plus scuffs and wear that you could expect to see on a guitar of this age and type.
It could be argued that this is Gibson’s most collectable guitar ever, and it would make a centrepiece in any collection. The Gibson 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop was limited to just 50 units worldwide, and unfortunately is no longer available. However, there’s tonnes of different Gibson guitars to choose from over at the Dawsons website. If you would like to own a guitar that is one of the most collectable Gibson has ever made, call our stores or customer service team (01925 582420), or order online today.