Gibson custom shop-historic custom 68 aged by murphy
Gibson custom shop-historic custom 68 aged by murphy

custom shop-historic custom 68 aged by murphy, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson.

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Hatsubai 08/01/2011

Gibson custom shop-historic custom 68 aged by murphy : Hatsubai's user review

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This guitar mainly differs in terms of its weight. It's a non-weight relived guitar as Gibson started doing that sometime in the 80s. Chambering is something entirely different that was started in the mid 00s, so don't get the two confused. This also has a long neck tenon. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard, 22 frets, trapezoid inlays, pickguard, binding, hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.


The guitar was put together nicely, and that's a good thing for Gibson as their QC has been a bit iffy at times. The guitar had a properly cut nut, and as everyone knows, that's rule #1 for staying in tune. The frets were nicely leveled, the nubs were done correctly and they weren't sharp at all. I was able to get some pretty low action on this guitar despite it having a 12'' radius. Access to the upper frets is the same as every other Les Paul in that it sucks pretty hard. The neck joint gets in the way, but you learn to live with it as that joint is an important aspect in tone.


Normally, Gibson Les Pauls are very thick sounding. This works great for most styles of music, but sometimes it lacks a tad bit of clarity for genres such as metal, especially once you start tuning lower. The ebony fretboard on this guitar helps add some sizzle and bite that allows the guitar to cut through the mix without sounding thin. I'm not a fan of the pickups, so I always replace both those and the pots. This really opens up the guitar and makes it not only more aggressive but more versatile as well.


I've always been a big fan of the Custom guitars that Gibson offers. I find that I prefer the ebony fretboard that these have over the normal rosewood. Combine that with the fact that this has the long neck tenon and isn't weight relieved, and you got one killer guitar. The finish is also awesome, thanks to Tom Murphy's sick aging skills.