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On 1966’s John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, the world was met with a sound never before heard: a Les Paul paired with a Marshall amplifier.  21-year-old Eric Clapton was deftly handling his sunburst 1960 Les Paul Standard on this record, having put down his Fender Telecaster.  The rest is history.  Unfortunately the guitar is history too, because it was stolen from Clapton just a year later, making it almost as legendary as Clapton himself has become.  Naturally, now Gibson has just released the limited edition “Beano” 1960 Eric Clapton Les Paul – a run of tributes to this famous guitar and to one of the finest guitarists of all time.  More info after the jump.

From GIbson:

Sandwiched between The Yardbirds and Cream, 1966’s John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton was a showcase for the brilliant 21 year old guitarist turned deity. For this album Clapton abandoned his Fender Telecaster & VOX AC30 for a 1960 Les Paul Standard & Marshall to become a guitar god.
SPECIFICATIONS (as designated by artist)
2-piece “lightly figured” maple top
1-piece mahogany back
Single-ply cream binding on top
1-piece mahogany neck
Thin 1960 “Eric Clapton” profile
Holly headstock veneer
Rosewood fingerboard
22 frets
Acrylic trapezoid inlays
Single-ply cream binding on neck
24 3/4” scale length, 111/16” nut width
Grover kidney tuners
Tune-o-matic (ABR-1) bridge
Stop bar tailpiece
Custom bucker pickups
Gold tophat knobs w/dial pointers
Antiquity Burst finish

55 Aged by Tom Murphy & Signed by Clapton

Serial# “Eric Clapton #6 – Eric Clapton #55” “Eric Clapton #1- Eric Clapton #5” remaining with Eric
Engraved wood plaque with May 5,1966 “Beano”
comic cover; Engraved leather COA, limited
180mg vinyl of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
with Eric Clapton & vintage replica strap

95 Aged by Tom Murphy

Serial # “Clapton 001-Clapton 095”
22” x 17” May 5,1966 “Beano” comic cover poster;
Engraved leather COA, limited 180mg vinyl of
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers with Eric
Clapton & vintage replica strap

350 VOS

Serial # “EC 001-EC 350”
22” x 17” May 5,1966 “Beano” comic cover poster;
Special COA, CD of John Mayall & The
Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton & vintage
replica strap
All instruments come with Custom Shop case
silkscreened with Eric’s signature.