Clapton Week: How Eric's Beano Les Paul Electrified the World

(Gibson) 1959 is considered a sacred year among many who worship at the sonic altar of the Les Paul Standard Sunburst, but for some the single most important instrument of that breed is actually a 1960 � specifically, the '60 'Burst used for the scalding tones on 1966's Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton album.

This operatically voiced instrument is sometimes called the "Beano" guitar, after the comic book that Clapton is reading on the cover of this absolute drop-dead classic John Mayall's Bluesbreakers' LP � not the anti-flatulence pill. It's also known as the "Holy Ghost," a title similar to Peter Green's and Gary Moore's 1959 Holy Grail 'Burst, but acknowledging this stellar '60's MIA status. The instrument was stolen during rehearsals for Cream's first gig in late July 1966.

Call it what you will � Eric Clapton's revered "Holy Ghost" or "Beano" 1960 Les Paul Standard Sunburst is being reincarnated by the Gibson Custom Shop. This month, the company's master builders in the shop's climate-controlled Nashville enclave will begin producing a reproduction model based on photographs, testimonials and period blueprints and specs for the original run of 1960 'Bursts. more on this story

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