Gibson creates the “Murphy Lab” for vintage guitar replicas

Gibson creates the “Murphy Lab” for vintage guitar replicas
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Gibson announced that Tom Murphy, a pioneer in the world of relic guitars, has joined the company to lead the newly created Murphy Lab.

New Gibson Murphy Lab

This will function as a division within the Gibson Custom Shop focused on building replicas of historic electric guitars.

In his role as Master Artisan – Master Artisan – Murphy will lead the “Lab” to “reimagine and implement new ways to deliver the historic Gibson Custom Shop experience.”

Gibson’s CMO César Gueikian stated: “As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar, I cannot think of a more exciting time to launch the Murphy Lab under the leadership of Tom, who was instrumental in the start of the Gibson Custom Shop and developed the aging process. “


Sergio Villanueva, new Head of the Gibson Custom Shop

On the other hand, Gibson has also announced the appointment of Sergio Villanueva as Head of the Gibson Custom Shop. Villanueva comes to the Custom Shop after spending several years at Taylor and Fender, where he served as Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing. 

Gibson Les Paul 1959RI, Note Murphy Lab.
Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar

Regarding this, Gibson CEO James Curleigh said: “I am excited to bring Sergio to the Custom Shop for this leadership position at such a crucial stage for Gibson.” “Sergio is a respected Luthier who will bring a renewed sense of artistry and operational excellence to the Custom Shop. He is a perfect fit to lead our Custom Shop team into the future. “

Villanueva spent the last five years at Taylor Guitars as the plant manager of their new Tecate, Mexico facility. Prior to this, he spent 25 years at Fender, where he worked from string production management to senior vice president of global manufacturing.

For more information, head over to Gibson.

Related Articles: Gibson Les Paul: its evolution, from Standard to Custom.

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