There are only a handful of artists who have had the musical, cultural & global impact of Bob Marley. As such, there are only a handful of guitars that can capture the his unique juxtaposition of things both natural & celestial; 200 guitars to be exact!! In 2002, the Gibson Custom Shop produced an extremely limited run of guitars commemorating Marley’s customized Les Paul Special.. All of Bob’s personal modifications and “playing imprints” are brought back to life with pain-staking hand-aged detail.
This particular example is among an elite few of those 200 to be aged by (none other than Gibson’s most celebrated aging expert) Tom Murphy! Those familiar with Murpy’s work will not be surprised to see just how realistic the aged-mahogany looks & feels. While there is no record of how many others Murphy actually worked on, I can tell you that this guitar was custom-ordered for Gibson Custom’s UK division. It has a very low serial number; 19/200.