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Is Gibson about to release relic'd acoustic guitars?

Cesar Gueikian / Instagram
(Image credit: Cesar Gueikian / Instagram)

Artificially-aged guitars will always be a talking point for guitarists, and one player's mojo can be another's turn-off. But when it's done well, relic'ing can get you vintage class without the eye-watering price tags of '50s and '60s originals. And Gibson's Murphy Lab are becoming masters of the art with Custom Shop electric guitars, but are they now extending their skills to acoustics too? A new and unexpected reveal suggests so.

Brand President and guitar collector Cesar Gueikian already has form for revealing future launches to players early, and his recent Instagram (opens in new tab) stories post shows not one but two aged Gibson acoustic guitar models with what looks to be a Hummingbird and J-45

Cesar Gueikian / Instagram

(Image credit: Cesar Gueikian / Instagram)

The patina plot starts to thicken with the J45's label being clearly visible; it's a Custom Shop model. Zooming in on the Hummingbird's inside label also reveals that it's a Custom Shop guitar too. 

Cesar Gueikian / Instagram

(Image credit: Cesar Gueikian / Instagram)

Cosmetically both guitars look to have checking in their finishes, and if this is the first preview of a new chapter in Custom Shop history, it's an exciting one to see. We're looking forward to finding out more. 

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Rob Laing
Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.