The Eric Clapton
1960 "Beano" Les Paul Standard
Extremely Limited Quantities!
Sandwiched between The Yardbirds and Cream, 1967's John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton was a showcase for the brilliant 21-year-old guitarist turned deity. For this record, Clapton picked up a 1960 Les Paul Standard, plugged it into a Marshall tube amplifier, and proceeded to set the music world on fire. The sound Clapton created helped define not only the cutting edge blues-rock of the day, but its powerful, fat sound has influenced generations of guitar players ever since!
Eric Clapton played some of his most innovative phrasing and countless pioneering licks while using this Les Paul. Unfortunately, the guitar was stolen at an early Cream rehearsal causing many fans to miss the signature sound Eric created with this exceptional Les Paul. Fortunately for us, Gibson Custom and Eric Clapton have come together for a historic collaboration this year to recreate a tribute to his original guitar. Based on feedback and recollections from Clapton, this guitar has all of the features that Clapton prefers including a special thin 1960 "Eric Clapton" neck profile, Grover tuners, and custom pickups.
Musician's Friend Private Reserve will have very limited quantities of all three versions; Murphy Aged and Signed by Eric Clapton, Murphy Aged, and VOS (Vintage Original Spec). All come with special collectible packages, certificate, and a Gibson Custom hardshell case silkscreened with Eric's signature.