Peter Frampton recounts the recovery and restoration of his legendary Gibson “Phenix” Les Paul in new 20-minute video

The story of Peter Frampton’s fabled Gibson “Phenix” Les Paul is perhaps the most well-known tale of lost-and-found electric guitars in the whole of guitar lore. Given to him by his friend Marc Mariana during a four-show stint at Fillmore West in 1970, the  beloved ‘50s Black Beauty was separated from the Humble Pie icon following a deadly plane crash a decade later.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.