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The story of a twenty year old Clapton, in search of a 1954 Les Paul gold top like the one Freddie King played, coming across a five year old 1960 cherry sunburst Les Paul in London's Charing Cross Road has been told many times: An extract from 1989 Guitar World interview with Dan Forte: "DF: Is the Bluesbreaker-period Les Paul the one that was stolen? EC: Yes, that one was stolen during rehearsals for Cream.... I went through quite a few and until about five years ago, never got one that was anywhere near the original one in terms of the neck shape and the fingerboard...All during Cream I didn't really have a favourite guitar because I never really replaced the Les Paul, and I was constantly searching for something to come up to scratch."more
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