24 June 1999
A 1970s Gibson Les Paul Recording Model
Serial No. 897024, in walnut finish, mahogany bodywith single cutaway, mahogany neck, twenty-two fret bound rosewood fingerboard with block inlays, headstock face with split diamond inlay, truss rod cover with Les Paul RECORDING lettering, two diagonally mounted pickups, four rotary controls, four selector switches, metal bridge, stud tailpiece and black pickguard signed and inscribed in gold felt pen To Eric my man! - '96, Les Paul; and a black hardshell contour case with purple plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten adhesive paper label Gibson Les Paul Signed Les Paul Rec. 97025; the case containing a Gibson strap and two colour photographs of Les Paul signing the guitar, both -- 4x6in. (10.2x5.2cm.)
The Les Paul Recording model was introduced in 1971.
Eric Clapton said that this guitar is a "..recent acquisition.." given to him by a friend. He has played it occasionally.
Gibson Les Paul Recording/Walnut
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MARTEN, Neville Would You Buy A Used Guitar From This Man? Article in Guitarist, 15th Anniversary Special, Clapton Issue, June, 1999, p.74
In a recent interview with Neville Marten for Guitarist, Lee Dickson said of this guitar "...There's a Les Paul Recording [in this sale], which was a gift from Les Paul himself and is actually signed to Eric from Les, so that's pretty special..."
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