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Introducing the Murphy Painted 59 Historic Select Burst Belliever

class5lp

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Introducing the Murphy Painted 59 Historic Select Burst Believer

IHowdy forum brothers. When I had the chance last month to go to Japan for business I was not very anxious. But then when I started thinking about dedicating a whole day of shopping in the hot spot I thought to myself well it wont be so bad. Well I must admit I went a little "CRAZEE" :## and I brought back 14 Historic Les Paul's and they are all Murphy painted and or aged.

This run of 2015 59 Historic Select's were done for Japan only and they are called the Burst Believers. There were only 22 guitars in this small tight run and they each come with a signed book by Vic DaPra and have all the 2015 True Historic specs. Now I have had hundreds of historic's come through my hands but I must admit I never in my life saw a color this good. I mean Murphy knocked it out of the park here. I flipped out when I saw this color. To me this color is the perfect Burst color.

The official name for these in Japan are the Historic Select 59 Burst Believers. Since Gibson committed to only making 800 True Historic's for the world they had to call these a different name. The serial numbers on these are different as well and they are as such, HS9 50001. Be advised though that not all Historic Select guitars are Murphy painted. Only the Burst Believers are Murphy painted and there are factory painted Historic Selects as well.

I took a total of 11 pics in various lighting conditions with and without flash and indoor and outdoor. Its very hard to get the color to accurately produce but here she is. If I get ambitious I may post some of the other stock I brought back as well.

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Fried okra

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Howdy forum brothers. When I had the chance last month to go to Japan for business I was not very anxious. But then when I started thinking about dedicating a whole day of shopping in the hot spot I thought to myself well it wont be so bad. Well I must admit I went a little "CRAZEE" :## and I brought back 14 Historic Les Paul's and they are all Murphy painted and or aged.

This run of 2015 59 Historic Select's were done for Japan only and they are called the Burst Believers. There were only 22 guitars in this small tight run and they each come with a signed book by Vic DaPra and have all the 2015 True Historic specs. Now I have had hundreds of historic's come through my hands but I must admit I never in my life saw a color this good. I mean Murphy knocked it out of the park here. I flipped out when I saw this color. To me this color is the perfect Burst color.

The official name for these in Japan are the Historic Select 59 Burst Believers. Since Gibson committed to only making 800 True Historic's for the world they had to call these a different name. The serial numbers on these are different as well and they are as such, HS 50001. Be advised though that not all Historic Select guitars are Murphy painted. Only the Burst Believers are Murphy painted and there are factory painted Historic Selects as well.

I took a total of 10 pics in various lighting conditions with and without flash and indoor and outdoor. Its very hard to get the color to accurately produce but here she is. If I get ambitious I may post some of the other stock I brought back as well.



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That is a money shot. Love the flame.:jim
 

class5lp

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A couple of extra pics.

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absolutely stunning! The color and the flame are just spot on kick ass.
 

class5lp

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Darn I almost forgot one of the most important things. She only weighs 7 pounds 14 ounces.
 

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Great guitars. Beautiful flame and you are correct, they have a wonderful color. I'm extremely jealous and blown away that you have 14 of them! Good for you.
 

DanD

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Awesome! :salude

Now do these 'Historic Select' guitars relegate production THRs to a base model status?

I'm guessing the "Historic Select' series carries a premium over the standard CS THRs?
 

class5lp

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Great guitars. Beautiful flame and you are correct, they have a wonderful color. I'm extremely jealous and blown away that you have 14 of them! Good for you.

I don't have 14 Burst Believers. I brought back 14 Murphy painted and or aged guitars in total. And as I told Mike Slub I am now officially broke but I am extremely happy.
 

class5lp

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Awesome! :salude

Now do these 'Historic Select' guitars relegate production THRs to a base model status?

I'm guessing the "Historic Select' series carries a premium over the standard CS THRs?

The regular factory painted Historic Selects (non Murphy painted) are priced the same as about a regular run True Historic with the vintage finish here in the USA. The Murphy painted Historic Select Burst Believers do command a premium. The Historic Select guitars have all the same specs as a True Historic. Think of it as a Historic Select is just a True Historic in Japan. I think the ultimate R9 would be a Murphy painted and aged True Historic. That has never been done as far as I know. I heard that Gibson may release some factory painted Historic Select guitars here in the USA but I'm not in favor of that idea. They said they would only built 800 True Historic R9's for the world and it would not be fair to the guys that bought the True Historic to release the identical guitar with a new name and serial number.
 

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The regular factory painted Historic Selects (non Murphy painted) are priced the same as about a regular run True Historic with the vintage finish here in the USA. The Murphy painted Historic Select Burst Believers do command a premium. The Historic Select guitars have all the same specs as a True Historic. Think of it as a Historic Select is just a True Historic in Japan. I think the ultimate R9 would be a Murphy painted and aged True Historic. That has never been done as far as I know. I heard that Gibson may release some factory painted Historic Select guitars here in the USA but I'm not in favor of that idea. They said they would only built 800 True Historic R9's for the world and it would not be fair to the guys that bought the True Historic to release the identical guitar with a new name and serial number.

It just seemed as if Gibson was building a tiered series of True Historics when I saw your post.

:## I get it now.

I was just imagining multiple Historic lines there for a minute. Like 'Select' 'Premium' 'Extreme' etc... Historics. :peace2
 

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As i understand it the HS guitars are those made in 2015 with all the TH apoint,nets and the addition of custom specs/colors. I have one on order that should be here soon. Its not something limited to japan or the UK. Basically it almost seems like the M2M guitars but with new 2015 specs.

For instance, Vic Dapra's awesome stick shift run have a HS prefix.
 

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amazing top!! congrats to you!!

14 ? why not take a shot of all together? that is incredible

japan seems to always have special runs and great tops
 

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Now THAT, my friends, is a perfectly executed R9. Perfect top, perfect color, perfect weight.

Congrats on a killer purchase.

This stuff would sell in a heartbeat here in the U.S.--kinda sad you can't buy it here.
 

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amazing top!! congrats to you!!

14 ? why not take a shot of all together? that is incredible

japan seems to always have special runs and great tops

I thought about doing that but you need so much room it can be challenging. If you take full shots of the guitars with the necks you have to take it so far away that you cant see all the details of the wood in the bodies. I may post more photos of different ones separately.
 

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I thought about doing that but you need so much room it can be challenging. If you take full shots of the guitars with the necks you have to take it so far away that you cant see all the details of the wood in the bodies. I may post more photos of different ones separately.

true! let's see what the tops are like and when you can give us a tone report

i suppose they all have the same pickups

i m amazed i could only dream of goiing into a shop and buying 14 reissues!! lol

what a kick that must be

bravo!! thiis kiind of thing happens oonce a day to remember
 

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I don't know what's more amazing . . . the top or the weight. Great score. :salude
 

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I thought about doing that but you need so much room it can be challenging. If you take full shots of the guitars with the necks you have to take it so far away that you cant see all the details of the wood in the bodies. I may post more photos of different ones separately.

That's never stopped me from trying! :rofl

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