Rare Guitars: Paul Kossoff/Eric Clapton’s Gibson Les Paul Custom

This ’55 Black Beauty belonged to a teenage Kossoff, before his meteoric rise with Free.

Kossoff Clapton Les Paul

This 1955 Les Paul Custom was owned by Paul Kossoff during his time with Black Cat Bones before the formation of Free

Just like Joe Bonamassa’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard aka ‘Spot’, this guitar is another gem from Matthieu Lucas’ collection.

This 1955 Gibson Les Paul Custom was owned by a teenage Paul Kossoff prior to Free, and quite possibly traded with Eric Clapton and played onstage with Cream in 1967. Kossoff apparently scraped the yellowed lacquer off the binding of the then-10-year-old guitar to restore it to its original white appearance, and blacked out the ‘Les Paul Custom’ legend on the truss-rod cover. He also wrote his name on stickers that he stuck to the underside of the control and switch cavity plates.

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