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Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul is constructed from one solid piece of quarter-sawn, lightweight mahogany for improved strength and resonance. The luthiers in Gibson's Custom Shop carefully match the grains and weights of these guitars' bodies and necks to optimize tone and sustain.
The neck on the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul is carved to a thinner profile to accurately match Clapton's own memories of the profile on his original guitar.
Every detail counts in the effort of bringing the classic Les Paul tone to the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul, and the angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with a good string definition and sustain.
When fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
Gibson uses what is known as the Mortis & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. On the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul, this technique incorporates the lauded "long neck tenon" which extends further into the body than the tenon on the necks of many other, later guitars, greatly enhancing resonance and sustain, as well as neck strength in general.
Just like the original Les Pauls of the late '50s, and many classic Gibson models, the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul's headstock is carefully angled at Gibson's traditional 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
Gibson's traditional truss rod, found in most all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you'll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
The traditional, period-correct Gibson logo is inlaid in mother of pearl across the top of a holly headstock veneer, with "Les Paul Model" silkscreened in gold along the center of the headstock face.
The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
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Fingerboard and Nut
The Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul carries a rosewood fingerboard, the traditional fingerboard of the original Les Paul Standard, which is bound in period-correct .04" binding with tortoise side dot markers. Rosewood is both hardwearing and sonically superlative, adding sweetness and depth to the guitar's overall sound.
To replicate one of the small but significant changes brought to the Les Paul in 1959-1960, the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul's fingerboard carries 22 medium-jumbo frets, all immaculately crowned and leveled with Gibson's PLEK system.
Rosewood fingerboards are known for their rich, round tone.
Just like that of the original 'Burst, the 12-inch radius of the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.
The Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul's fingerboard carries acrylic trapezoid position-marker inlays, echoing the traditional look of the original Les Paul Standard.
The nut on the 1960 Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul is made from Nylon 6/6 in the image of the original Les Paul Standards of 1952-1960. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard to ensure proper tone and sustain transfer, and its nut slots are cut with Gibson's PLEK system to ensure precise fit, break angle, and string spacing.
The width of the nut on the Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul is approximately 1.687", the traditional nut width of Gibson electric guitars.