Clapton's Beano Burst

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  1. zoso304

    zoso304 Senior Member

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    Hey Brothers! i was wondering does anyone have a clear picture of Claptons Beano Burst? did it had a plain top or did it have flame top? I can't tell from the pictures that i have seen.
    Cheers!
     
  2. TM1

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    From most of the photos I've seen, it's pretty plain.
     
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    5F6-A Senior Member

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    plain jane for sure
     
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    Has it was stolen. I wonder who has it right now...
     
  6. heavy blueser

    heavy blueser Senior Member

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    i believe it was 60s les paul, if i´m not mistaken

    clapton AND peter green talked about how slim the neck of claptons les paul was-and i eman even the R8 or R9 with the slimmest neck is definitely not like a 60s
    on the other hand: weren´t there different kobs (ususally) on the 60s ????
     
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    brimay Senior Member

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    Reflector Knobs.
     
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  8. heavy blueser

    heavy blueser Senior Member

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    yeah brimay
    the reflector knobs-though clapton bought this guitar 2nd hand so the pre-owner might have changed them-then again back in the day(which was the mid 60s ) i doubt that they did all that swapping
    the vintage market wasn´t really developed and clapton got all his gear dirt cheap in comparison to nowadays prices(even when considering all the changes in income and econonmy et al)
     
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    Gibson could have used leftover bell type knobs in 1960 for some guitars....
     
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    Grovers ehhh ... I noticed alot of celeb Bursts have them !!! Think they are just more stable than Klusons for the road and keeping tune or maybe the old ones crumbled ??? :hmm:
     
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    The Les Paul changes didn't happen on Jan.1 of each year -- It wasn't like today where they decide on changes for "next year's" model. There are plenty of overlap in specs between the years, such as small fret '59s, big fret 58s, big neck 60s, etc. The reflector knobs and fade resistant tomato soup bursting did not appear until towards mid 1960, which is also when the slim taper necks became more common (but NOT universal!).

    We can only speculate as to what year the Beano burst was/is. Clapton claims that it was a narrow neck, but that doesn't really mean much. At the most we can guess that it was either a late '59 or early '60 due to the top hats, tailpiece position and doublewhite neck pup (making the relatively safe assumption that the pups and knobs are original to the guitar).

    Regarding the figuring of the top, pictures can be very misleading. I've seen photos of uber-bursts that appear to be plain tops -- so much depends on lighting, angles, and the quality of the photo.

    The bottom line is that we really don't know much about that magical guitar :cool:

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    oh yeah i can agree with you pooker
    good info you got there.

    man that guitar and the sound ole slowhand coaxed from it is just so awesome.
     
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    Peter Green said the neck on Eric's was much slimmer than his neck on his `59. Reflectors were used hit and miss after serial # 0 7100, which is fairly late in `60. Gibson always used up whatever they had in-stock before using new items and with any thing in production, there are lap-overs. One guys bench may have reflectors and the other guy may have bell knobs. All depended on who did the final assembly. Changes were not instituted immediately, but phased in.
     
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    Are there any color pictures of the Beano Burst? I'd love to know how bright that top was.
     
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    Don't have any colour photos, but i have these.

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    anyone got colour photos of the beano burst?
     
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    A lot of scenarios could have happened with the knobs. EC might have preferred the bell knobs. Or, might have broken one removing it and replaced them all. Or, as above, they might have come stock. Who knows?
     
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    No there are no known colour pics of the beano burst.And those top hat knobs you can pretty much assume were original to the LP which would make it a pre mid '60 guitar.
     
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    Thank You for posting Beano...That's the best picture I have ever seen of it. It holds a graet Mystery for me today along with a reverence that is incomprehensible....Rev. Muddy YouTube - dennisdullea's Channel

    Thanks again...Dennis
     
  20. GuitarnLax36

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    if only that was in color haha
     

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