94 Gibson Les Paul Murphy R9 Standard Historic RI 1959
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2007-02-16)
Price : US $6,850
Beautiful Teaburst, fiddleback flame. Finished by the MASTER, while still employed at Gibson. Tom Murphy started at Gibson in 1989 in the finish repair shop. He also finished Les Pauls, and oversaw the finish department. Later he became involved with the research in developing what was to become the Historic Reissue Les Pauls. He also finished some very fantastic PreHistorics and notably some of the Jimmy Wallace Les Pauls. He was promoted to the new Custom shop, and finished the prototype R9s. He also finished the first 25 R9s and first 15 R7s in late 1993. Then he finished EVERY R7, R9 and R0 Les Paul in 1994 until he left Gibson in early November. It has been estimated that he finished (by his own account) between 180 and 200 R9s. approximently 350 R9s were made in 1994. So just because it is a 94 R9, does not mean that Murphy finished it. If the SN is over 200, it is probably not a Murphy, some sources say 180. This one was made in June and has a magical Serial Number......9 4059. Yes the 59th 59 RI made in 94. In the picture of the control cavity you can barely see his initials TM, this was to signify the next craftsman the Les Paul was to go to. So it is possible that Les Paul R9s with a serial number LARGER than 200 MAY have TM in the control cavity, but Murphy may have left Gibson BEFORE it got to him to refinish. Before I describe the Guitar let me add: There were SELDOM certs with these (although SOME WERE issued with them) This has no cert. The original cases were the regular Gibson USA case of the time, and a near mint one is included. I think the Historic case came out in 97 or 98. And the RI Lifton case came out in 99. Certs were issued with regularity starting in 99. THIS IS NOT AGED. The Murphy-aged came later after he left Gibson,started his owm company, and contracted with them to offer aged Les Pauls....
This guitar is sold (sold on 2007-02-16)
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