Tom Murphy - built by or Relic'd by?

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  1. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    Are Tom Murphy Les Pauls built by Tom Murphy, or are they relic'd by Tom Murphy?

    Or, are there some of both 'levels'?

    If anyone could steer me to a place I could read about them I'd appreciate it. I tried looking at the LP Forum, but I can't seem to engage the 'search' function, nor am I able to post there (this a week after registering - I have to contact one of the moderators or administrators and try to solve the problem.)

    Gibson's web page was not helpful ... but it was hard to search on (GRIN)

    Thanks fellas, Dana O.
     
  2. lpnv59

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    Toms duties for Gibson has shifted around thru the years. Tom generally relics the paint. Gibson assembles at the Custom Shop. Aging the parts I think is done by Gibson these days. Tom use to do that as well. But to speed up production, Tom does the exacto blade finish checking. Originally he did the painting as well. He still does some painting on a limited basis. Those guitars with COA's from his shop Guitar Preservation, will state that he painted it. .
     
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    Not to go off topic, but I changed my email address and got locked out a couple of weeks ago. I finally just re-registered and that doesn't work either. And all emails to the forum kick back as undeliverable.

    I don't know what's up but something's seriously non-functional at the LP Forum.
     
  4. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    In more ways than one (GRIN - that's just a cheap shot for fun!)

    Seriously, I can read posts as long as I don't sign in to the LP forum, but if I DO sign in, I get locked out of both posting and reading. The 'search' function hasn't worked yet for me.

    Thanks, Dana
     
  5. Bluedawg

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    Here's a link to an article on the Gibson reissue Les Pauls. It details Tom Murphy's early years at Gibson.

    http://www.gibson.com/magazines/amplifier/1999/1/mainevent.html

    Tom lead the team that put together the historic reissue program at Gibson and actually did the finish and other work on the first couple of dozen historic LPs.

    He left Gibson in the mid 90s and since then does "relicing" work. His guitars sell at a premium both new and used.

    :)
     
  6. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks Bluedawg - you've helped a great deal with my education.

    I really appreciate - YOU ROCK!

    All my interest in this is because I played a Tom Murphy Gold Top last week and loved it. It's a 2002 ...

    Thanks, Dana O.
     
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    Glad to be of service.

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  8. Mutley

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    Thanks for the link. I learned a whole lot about LPs and about my 8 5011.
     
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    Does Tom Murphy's "Guitar Preservation" shop have a website or contact #/address?

    thanks
     
  10. tonedaddy

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    I don't think there's a website:

    Guitar Preservation
    800 South Virginia Avenue
    Marion, IL 62959

    I have 2 phone numbers for him, I believe the first one is the current one:

    (618) 997-9067
    (618) 993-2301
     
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    He did the finish checking with a blade? Why wouldn't one do it by cold air/hot air the way it probably happened naturally. Certainly one could speed up that process and that would seem to be less work than an Exacto knife.
     

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