Very rare. Pickguard and backplate signed by John Mayall
When London Declared Clapton "God," This Was His Guitar
The tonewoods used to construct a great Les Paul Standard have always been at the core of
this legendary electric guitar's voice, and the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul is no different. Gibson Custom selects from its lightest stocks of mahogany to craft each guitar's solid, one-piece back, and marries it to a two-piece top of lightly figured maple,
seeking wood that accurately reflects Clapton's memory and existing photos of the grain patterns of Clapton's original 1960 Les Paul as seen through an aged nitrocellulose Antiquity Burst finish.
Often considered a match made in tone heaven, mahogany lends lots of depth, warmth and dimension to the instrument, while maple contributes outstanding crispness and clarity, helping notes "pop" right out of the guitar. A one-piece
neck made from quarter-sawn mahogany is glued in with the long-tenon joint of the period, for outstanding resonance and sustain. It is carved to a Clapton-approved thinner profile that reflects the evolution of the Les Paul neck of 1960 after the chunkier
necks of the '50s. The neck is pitched at the historically correct 4 degrees, with a 17-degree headstock pitch for superior sustain and excellent string pressure through the slots of the authentic Nylon 6/6 nut, cut on the PLEK for supreme accuracy.
Hardware includes accurate nickel-plated ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, along with the nickel Grover kidney button tuners that Clapton
added to his original 1960 Les Paul, a common "upgrade" of the day. All of these carefully wrought details are just "specs", however, without the right pair of pickups to translate your tone. Gibson's PAF ("Patent Applied For") humbuckers of the late '50s
and early '60s are the most hallowed and highly sought after pickups of all time, and Gibson Custom has pulled out all the stops to recreate them on the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul. The pickups in these Limited Edition guitars—dubbed Custom Buckers—have
been created with direct reference to Clapton's own recollection of the correct tone and coil winds (output strengths), as determined by him through the testing of several prototypes during the build process. They include slightly mismatched coils wound with
accurate turns of 42 AWG enamel-coated wire, just like original PAFs from the era, and are made with genuine Alnico III magnets for an outstanding blend of smoothness and clarity. Finally, the pickups are routed through quality CTS potentiometers with reproduction
"bumble bee" tone capacitors.
Fire it up through a cranked vintage amp, and the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul gives you all the warm bite and chewy dynamics of those
"Beano" album performances, in a way that no guitar has managed for 45 years. From the VOS examples (350 guitars), to the immaculately hand-aged versions (150 guitars, 55 of which have been signed by Eric Clapton, who will
keep the first 5) which painstakingly recreate the look of the original instrument, these guitars are the legend incarnate, and the closest means of attaining the look, feel and tone of Eric Clapton's loved—and lost—Les Paul.
Each Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul includes a Custom Shop hardshell case with Clapton's signature silk-screened on the exterior, an engraved leather Certificate of Authenticity,
a vintage replica guitar strap, and full owner's and adjustment literature, along with Gibson's Limited Lifetime warranty and 247/365 Customer Support.
Aged and signed
examples also include an engraved wood plaque with the May 7, 1966 Beano comic cover, while aged examples include a poster of the Beano cover. All 150 aged guitars come with a limited 180mg
vinyl LP of John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, while VOS guitars include John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton on CD.
Body and Finish
Made from the classic tonewood combination of carved maple top and one-piece mahogany back, and dressed in a faded nitrocellulose Antiquity Burst finish atop a lightly figured maple cap, the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul embodies the Les Paul
owned and played by Eric Clapton in 1966. Of this limited run, 150 examples will be Murphy-aged (55 of which Clapton will hand-sign and keep the first 5), and a further 350 will be given Gibson Custom's VOS treatment.
The Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul's body woods present the classic combination of good clarity, definition and treble bite from the maple,
and excellent depth and richness from the mahogany, all of which are elements that are found in the legendary tone of the original '58-'60 Les Paul Standard. This is one of the most revered wood combinations of all time, and truly offers a "best of both worlds"
design in the way that mahogany and maple complement each other to offer superior