The Gibson Custom Shop Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul has been created with the close cooperation of Clapton, and closely referencing photographs. The result represents what Clapton personally feels his 1960 Les Paul should be. Every component in the build-including grain pattern and finish color, neck profile and feel, pickups, and more-has been approved by Clapton through several iterations from Gibson Custom so the guitar comes as close as possible to recreating the ’60 Burst as it exists today in the mind of this legendary artist.
The guitar will be produced in restricted numbers: 55 will be hand-aged by finishing expert Tom Murphy, and signed by Clapton (Clapton is keeping the first five). A further 95 guitars will be Murphy-aged, and 350 guitars will be finished with Gibson’s Vintage Original Spec (VOS) treatment. All 500 have a subtly figured maple top with Antiquity Burst finish, period-correct hardware (including Clapton’s own upgrade to Grover tuners), and two of Gibson’s finest reproduction PAF-style humbucking pickups.
It also has a one-piece mahogany back with carved maple top, thinner neck profile, rosewood fingerboard with pearloid inlays, custom-made Custom Bucker pickup. Learn more at gibson.com.