First up is perhaps the most important guitar in all of British Blues—Eric Clapton’s "Beano" Les Paul.
Inspired by Freddie King’s regal use of a Goldtop LP, Clapton bought his own Les Paul second-hand in 1965 from the Lew Davis guitar shop in London. This guitar is generally understood to be a 1960 Standard Burst (though, as we’ll discuss below, there is some debate). It was Clapton’s most famous pre-Cream guitar, and for good reason—the tone. It is, in many ways, the guitar that defined the sound of the British blues explosion.