The strange case of the missing Beano: where is Eric Clapton’s stolen Les Paul?

Eric Clapton with Beano
Eric with his treasured Les Paul Standard, which he may have bought from Lew Davis’s shop on Charing Cross Road for the princely sum of 105 guineas (£110.25). (Image credit: Betsy Fowler Collection)

Eric Clapton’s work on the 1966 John Mayall album Blues Breakers inspired a whole generation of would-be blues guitarists as he defined the tone and expression that a great guitarist can achieve. 

And this particular great player found a great instrument to make his music – an original Gibson Les Paul with a sunburst finish. The cover of the record showed Eric reading the Beano comic, so it became known as the ‘Beano’ album, and the instrument he used became known as the Beano guitar.  

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