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Sumptuous 2012 Gibson Collectors Choice Sandy #4 Les Paul R9, Tom Murphy Aged & OHC


  • Body
    Top Unique Figured Maple Top
    Back Mahogany
    Binding Cream
    Adhesive Franklin Titebond
  • Neck
    Species Mahogany with a Maple Spline
    Profile CC#4 Profile
    Truss Rod Traditional Adjustable
    Joint Angle 5° (+/- 15 seconds)
    Adhesive Franklin Titebond
  • Neck Fit
    Joint Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive Franklin Titebond
    Joint Angle Tolerance +/- .005″
  • Fingerboard
    Species Indian Rosewood
    Frets 22 (Frets over binding)
    Radius 12″
    Scale Length 24.75″
    Nut/E.O.B 1.687″/2.062″
    Inlays Nitrocellulose Trapezoid Inlays
  • Nut
    Material Nylon
    Width 1.687
    Slots Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock
    Logo Mother-of-Pearl Gibson Logo
    Truss Rod Cover Black Antique Bell Shaped™
  • Tuners
    Model Gotoh Reissue Green Key
    Tuning Ratio 12:1
    Plating Aged Nickel
  • Bridge
    Type ABR-1
    Plating Aged Nickel
  • Tailpiece
    Type Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
    Plating Aged Nickel
  • Hardware
    Knobs Gold Top Hats
    Pickguard Cream
    Toggle Switch Washer Cream with Silkscreened Gold
    Pickup Mounting Rings Cream
    Control Plate Cover Black Royalite
    Strings .010 – .046, Genuine Gibson strings
    Strap Buttons Aged Aluminum
  • Pickups
    Neck Position Custom Bucker w/Zebra coils
    (Alnico 3)
    Bridge Position Custom Bucker w/Zebra coils
    (Alnico 3)
  • Electronics
    Potentiometers 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls / Bumble Bee Caps
    Type 500k Audio Taper
    Coil Wiring Parallel-Machine Wound
    Toggle Switch Three-way Switchcraft Axial Toggle with Vintage Plastic Tip
    Output Jack Traditional 1/4″
  • Finish
    Sealer Nitrocellulose / Finish: Dirty Lemon
  • Case
    Type Custom Shop Case
  • Weight: 8.7lb
  • Comes With all Candy & COA

Well what lovely beasty do we have here! This is one of the most sought after Custom Shop Collectors Choice Les Paul’s ever made! It’s the ‘Murphy Aged’ Sandy #4 Sometimes referred to as the 9-1228 model. A Precise ‘Bench Copy’ of a Rare and Prized ’59 Burst owned by Tom Whitrock. You will see it featured on page 84/5 in the Beauty of the Burst book by Yasuhiko Iwanade.

This baby is in pretty much pristine factory condition & has not seen any stage or gigging use at all. Finished in luscious Faded Dirty lemon, over its fabulous figured maple top. It has a sublime 59 neck profile.

There was a maximum run of just 300 Sandy’s with significantly less numbers aged by Tom Murphy. This is from the 2012 run and is aged by ‘The Man’ Tom Murphy. If you are not familiar with Tom or his work, just hit Google! Please do not mistake this one with the VOS version. These Murphy aged models are much more highly sought after and rare, hence they command a higher ticket price.
Although its tempting, I wont blab on too much more about it, as there is quite a lot of info and spec on the web, so if you are interested in a once in a lifetime purchase, then do yourself a favour and check it out in detail!

Below is some info taken from the web:

The Gibson Collector’s Choice series focuses on producing exacting replicas of some of the most important and beautiful individual Gibson guitars ever produced. Collector’s Choice #4 is “Sandy”, the famed 1959 Les Paul Standard Sunburst owned by noted collector Tom Wittrock.  Tom (known by many as TW59 on the Les Paul Forum) has said that “Sandy” is his favorite of all the 1959 Les Pauls he’s ever owned.  This guitar has been heralded by many who have been fortunate enough to play her as about as perfect an expression of what makes a ’59 Les Paul the holy grail of guitars.  Perfect neck shape, great neck pitch, lovely top, great colour.  This one’s got it all, and is a perfect candidate for a Collector’s Choice run of replicas.  Check out the behind the scenes materials below of how Gibson goes about indexing all the details that Sandy has to offer.

The original Sandy itself is a pretty amazing example of a 1959 Les Paul. it is in pretty good shape considering it has been passed around a bit. At one point one of its owners, in an effort to keep the finish from coming off of the body, had lacquer shot over the neck. It was sprayed over the wear and everything. It was during this time frame also that the pickup covers were removed from the pickups to expose the zebra coils, with the offset square windows that were a major identifying tooling mark on the original Patent Applied for pickups. One of the other nice things about this guitar is has a wonderful full sound versus some of the other original guitars we have inspected. The current owner, Tom Whitrock, and I were even joking that when this guitar was made it must have been a Wednesday because so many things were right on it. Sandy plays beautifully, the neck is a really comfortable neck with just the right amount of “beef” to it and a fairly low neck pitch so the strings feel almost like butter when playing. One of the more standout features about Sandy is the curly eastern hard maple top, it is absolutely a knockout.  The flame on this guitar is not very wide flame, but its crossing in and out on itself make it one of the most intense and busy tops we have copied. Overall this guitar really is the perfect example of a Great 1959 Les Paul Model guitar making the Collectors Choice fizl, of Sandy an honor to reproduce.


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