Today Gibson announced the release of collector’s choice #8: The beast. It is a replica of 1959 burst owned by Bernie Marsden. It’s cool and I would love to get my hands on one to try it out and see if it measures up tonally and in play ability to be the modern classic that it is positioned to be.
- One-piece Mahogany back with figured Maple top
- Rosewood fingerboard with nitrocellulose trapezoid inlays
- Powerful Burstbucker #2 and #3 Humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Nickel plated, lightweight aluminum stop bar tailpiece with ABR-1 bridge
- Kluson™ Deluxe Nickel Reissue Green Key tuners with 12:1 tuning ratio
On one hand, I think we can all agree that a guitar with vintage mojo is cool. That’s one reason we love vintage guitars! I actually do understand the ‘relicing thing’ because I think it adds attitude and character to an instrument and is a craft and art form in itself. It takes a mix of technician, artist and archaeologist to get it perfect. But…to pay $11k for “applied mojo”? As a buyer/collector, I think that’s a risky proposition. Like a builder who constructs a house on a great lot, Gibson is trying to squeeze as much of the future value out of this up front. I think they clearly understand the collector market and want to capitalize on it. The market will decide. If there are enough purchased they will make all 300 of the limited run. But, if not they will make fewer…and who knows…maybe it will actually turn out to be collectible because there are so few made. I wouldn’t count on the latter case though. I think they are more likely to fulfill the entire 300 units since the cost to them is so far below $11k and they can sell them at a discount to dealers they want to treat well and still come out on top. Maybe this will make the Murphy aged LPs more valuable.