Murphy Lab is closest you’ll get. Otherwise talk to a builder that’s not affiliated with GibsonMy ego would like to think that I am the only one to think of this and it is my magical idea but I know that is not true. So there really is no point in keeping this secret.
After giving up guitar 12 years ago I have decided recently to relearn guitar again, so I am a bit out of touch regarding what you guys have been up to over the last decade.
My goal for 2024 and maybe 2025 is too save up for a Gibson Custom Shop guitar. I accept as a guitar fan that I am not going to be able to afford an original 50's burst, it is just out of the question. So my dream is sort of to save up enough money where I could find someone who is the highest expert on vintage bursts and have Gibson Custom Shop build the most authentic as possible replica of a vintage burst that they possibly can make. Not aged, but have it be like someone found an untouched burst in a case in a warehouse somewhere.
A decade ago back when lots of original burst owners were on this forum one common complaint I used to read about the historic reissues was accuracy. I would read that the hardware wasn't 100% authentic, or the bridge height was wrong, or the neck profile was not authentic to original bursts. Or the neck angle was wrong, or the tailpiece/bridge angles weren't historically accurate. Or inlays, pots, wiring, etc, etc, the list goes on.
The more I think about what my dream Gibson would be the more I think that others would buy this and it could almost be a "Gibson Master Series" or "Gibson Heritage Series" or something.
Over the last decade you guys have done a number of reproductions of authentic vintage bursts. So you guys have the dimensions and the details and know the original neck profiles and body carves and everything of the authentic guitars.
If I spent a year or more saving my money would I be able to call up Gibson Custom Shop and get such a perfect accurate replica of a vintage burst with no aging have it like it just came off the 50's production line and have it so accurate that no expert out there would be able to tell the difference between it and an original one?
I would be highly surprised if there was not a line of willing buyers for a series of Gibson Custom Shop guitars that were that historically accurate. I know there are wood limitations and stuff but its 2023. With modern technology, I don't see why it can't happen. Id even love the paint to be the same so that it faded just like the originals.