Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Heavy Aged #72986

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Product information - GIBSON 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Heavy Aged #72986

Electric guitar with Murphy Lab Ageing, historically correct construction and custombucker pickups

  • Les Paul electric guitar from the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab Collection, made in the USA
  • Serial number 72986
  • Authentic reproduction of the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop.
  • Handcrafted Murphy Lab "Ultra Heavy Ageing" with the authentically reproduced playing marks of a vintage original played on tour for several decades
  • "Double Gold" nitrocellulose finish with natural back and weather checking
  • Set-neck construction with 24.75" scale length (628 mm)
  • Hide Glue for all wood joints
  • Solid mahogany body without weight relief
  • Two-piece maple top (2-Piece Plain Maple Top)
  • Glued mahogany neck with long neck heel (Long Neck Tenon)
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with Trapez-Inlays and rolled binding
  • "Chunky C" neck profile
  • One Gibson Custombucker with Alnico III magnets in neck position
  • One Gibson Custombucker with Alnico III magnets in bridge position
  • Hand-wired 3-way circuit with paper-in-oil capacitors and CTS potentiometers
  • Gibson ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Gibson Stopbar aluminum tailpiece
  • Kluson single line/single ring tuners
  • Includes artificially aged Lifton Reissue 5-latch guitar case, certificate and neutral switch compartment cover

Authentic Reissue of the 57 Goldtop Les Paul with Murphy Lab Ageing

With the Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Heavy Aged, the Murphy Lab of the Gibson Custom Shop presents an authentic reissue of the legendary '57 Les Paul with playing marks reproduced down to the smallest detail. The lovingly handcrafted ageing includes the typical Weather Checking in the nitrocellulose lacquer and the inevitable Buckle Rash on the back of the body, as well as a meticulous relic of the nickel hardware and patinated add-on parts made of historically correct cellulose acetate butyrate plastic (CAB). Construction-wise, Gibson naturally relies on historically authenticated Les Paul construction for the Murphy Lab '57 Goldtop, with a long neck heel and hide glue for all wood joints, while custombucker pickups and a hand-wired circuit deliver absolutely authentic vintage tones. Last but not least, Kluson Style tuners and the ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece established by legendary Gibson president Ted McCarty complete the package.

GIBSON 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Heavy Aged #72986
The Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Heavy Aged convinces through the elaborate Murphy Lab Ageing with the authentically reproduced look and feel of a vintage guitar from the Fifties.
GIBSON 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Heavy Aged #72986 Back
The strong "Chunky C" mahogany neck with long neck tenon and the mahogany body of the '57 Goldtop are glued with Hide Glue.

Les Paul in historically correct construction

In order for the Murphy Lab 1957 Les Paul Goldtop to convey the absolutely authentic vintage feeling, Gibson naturally relies on the historically correct construction method of the late fifties. Accordingly, the body is built solid from carefully selected mahogany wood and fitted with a two-piece "plain top" made of maple, while the mahogany neck is glued together with a long neck root that extends below the neck pickup. The use of Hide Glue for all wood joints supports the incredibly lively response and resonance of the guitar. Last but not least, the powerful "Chunky C" neck profile feels rich and comfortable in the hand, allowing classic playing techniques to be implemented with ease.

GIBSON 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Heavy Aged #72986 Body
Gibson Custombuckers with Alnico III magnets and the hand-wired circuit with CTS-Pots and Paper-in-Oil Caps promise unadulterated vintage sounds for Blues and Rock.

Custombucker pickups with handwired circuitry.

As pickups for the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Heavy Aged the Gibson Murphy Lab chooses two Gibson custombuckers. Equipped with unwaxed coils and Alnico III magnets, the humbuckers turn out to be authentic replicas of the legendary PAF pickups and elicit lively vintage tones with a vocal midrange spectrum from the guitar amp, responding sensitively to playing technique and the volume pot, putting the sound shaping in the hands of the player. Controlled naturally via a 3-way switch and CTS's own Volume and Tone knobs, the Custombuckers promise harmonic Treble roll-offs.

GIBSON 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Heavy Aged #72986 Headstock
Kluson tuners with "Single Line" embossed on the body and "Single Ring" wings keep the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop from the Gibson Murphy Lab securely in the correct tuning.

Traditional hardware equipment

Last but not least, the Gibson Custom Shop and Murphy Lab complete the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Ultra Heavy Aged with the traditional hardware appointments that have been an integral part of every Les Paul since the Fifties. Accordingly, a lightweight aluminum stopbar guides the strings over the classicABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge, whose extensive adjustment options guarantee precise intonation and string action. Retaining rods screwed directly into the body wood also support the guitar's lively tonal character. Behind the nylon nut, historically correct Kluson Single Line/Single Ring tuners also ensure the '57 Goldtop Les Paul's accurate and robust tuning.


  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Series: Murphy Lab Collection
  • Design: Les Paul
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Binding: Royalite
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Construction: Set (Hot Hide Glue)
  • Neck Profile: Chunky C-Shape
  • Scale in mm: 628
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard Type: Fretted
  • Fretboard Radius in Inches: 12
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Format: Historic Narrow Tall
  • Fretboard Inlays: Trapeze
  • Nut type: Nylon
  • Nut width in mm: 42.9
  • Width at Last Fret: 56.9
  • Pickup: HH
  • Manufacturer pickups: Gibson
  • Neck Pickup: Custombucker
  • Middle Pickup: No
  • Bridge Pickup: Custombucker
  • Piezo Pickup: No
  • Active pickups: No
  • Coil-splitting: No
  • Electronic: Handwired, Paper-in-Oil Caps
  • Switch: 3-Way
  • Control: 2x Vol, 2x Tone
  • Bridge: Gibson ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Aluminium Stopbar
  • Tuners: Kluson Single Line/Single Ring
  • Strap Button: Standard
  • Hardware: VOS Nickel
  • Weight (kg): 4.05
  • String Gauge: .010 - .046
  • Factory Tuning: Standard E
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Finish: Murphy Lab Ultra Heavy Aged
  • Colour: Double Gold
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Case included: Yes
  • Gigbag included: No
  • Certificate: Yes
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