The Gibson ’54 Custom Les Paul Phenix is the subject of a very interesting story. Owned by Peter Frampton, the “Phenix” was given to him by a fan, later to become Frampton’s primary guitar on recordings all over the multi-platinum Frampton Comes Alive. However, an untimely cargo-plane crash in 1980 gave the Phenix an early demise, or so we thought. Found in 2011 on the island of Curacao, the guitar was repaired and returned to Peter, preserving many of the battle scars sustained from the wreckage. Now, Gibson has re-created the Phenix in all of it’s glory and character, replicating every spec, ding, and scar that the original guitar earned through its long journey.
For your pleasure, we’ve put together a photo set of the incredible replication work done by master luthier Tom Murphy. This limited run guitar is truly a special one, limited to 35 pieces for the world, and a mere 15 pieces for North America, making it almost as rare as Peter’s original. Scroll below watch a video of Peter Frampton talking about the guitar, as well as see some of our exclusive photos!
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Photography by Walter Bryant