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The body of each Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul is crafted from a two-piece carved maple top with unique figured grain attached to a solid, one-piece lightweight mahogany back.
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 resonance, sustain, depth, clarity, and definition.
The Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul precisely follows the body lines and dimensions of the original '60 Les Paul Standard, with a gently arched carved top and rounded lower bout, and combines the classic tonewood combination of mahogany back and carved maple top. The body's back is cut from a single piece of solid, high-grade, lightweight clear mahogany, and capped with a two-piece top of figured maple that is carved into a period-correct "dish", or arch.
Weights vary slightly, according to wood supplies, but Gibson's Custom Shop seeks out the lightest, most tonally advantageous mahogany for the one-piece bodies of the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul.
The top of the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul sports a gorgeous thin nitrocellulose Antiquity Burst finish, which accurately replicates the soft cherry sunburst finish of Eric Clapton's original guitar and beautifully shows of the subtly flamed maple top.
The Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul is hand-finished in nitrocellulose in a process that closely replicates the finishing process applied to original Les Paul Standards of 1958-1960. Like the great Les Pauls made 50 years ago, this instrument is finished with minimum build-up, in an effort to produce a finish that breathes with the guitar and enhances natural resonance. To replicate the appearance of Clapton's own 1960 Les Paul Standard, 150 examples of the guitar will be carefully hand-aged by Tom Murphy and the remaining 350 guitars will be given Gibson's VOS treatment to replicate the look of a gently aged but well cared for instrument.