Gibson has introduced the George Harrison-Eric Clapton "Lucy" Les Paul.
The guitar is part of Guitar Center's Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection. The limited-edition collection features five Clapton tribute, replica and signature guitars, all of which will be available in North America exclusively at Guitar Center stores and at GuitarCenter.com starting March 21.
The collection includes a replica Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster, a Gibson Harrison-Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul and Eric Clapton Signature Martin 000-28 and 000-45 models, plus Eric Clapton “Crossroads” guitar straps from Ernie Ball.
A significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of each guitar will benefit Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which was created to provide treatment and education to chemically dependent people.
Owned by Eric Clapton and then given to his friend George Harrison, the original "Lucy" Les Paul has an interesting pedigree.
At the invitation of Harrison, Clapton played the cherry red Les Paul on the 1968 Beatles classic, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Played by Harrison on the Beatles “White Album” and Let It Be, the guitar also can be seen in the Let It Be film.
Loaned back to Clapton in 1973, Clapton played the storied guitar at his comeback Rainbow Concert.
Still owned by the Harrison estate, the guitar — originally a 1957 Gold Top, refinished by Gibson in 1967 in “cherry red” — was measured and inspected by Gibson Custom in 2012, from which a stunning replica was made. A lightweight mahogany body, unusually slim ‘50s neck (thanks to the refinishing in 1967) and PAF humbuckers make this a great playing Les Paul. And the offset seam on the maple top along with screw holes for the previously removed Bigsby vibrato and “Custom” truss rod cover are among the details which are authentically recreated.
This guitar will be a limited edition of just 100 guitars worldwide, available in America exclusively through Guitar Center in March/April, coinciding with the 2013 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival. The Gibson Harrison Clapton Les Paul will retail for $14,999 MSRP.
Each replica will include:
• A Certificate of Authenticity signed by Eric Clapton
• A DVD featuring an interview with Eric Clapton discussing his fabled history with Les Paul guitars and inspecting the first “Harrison Clapton” prototype
• An audiophile remastered, 180gm vinyl edition of the Beatles' “White Album”
• A reproduction hard‐shell case
• A significant portion of the proceeds will be donated for the benefit of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre.