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The Clash were once called “the only band that matters,” and for guitarist Mick Jones, the only guitar that mattered might as well have been a Les Paul.
Inspired by New York Dolls’ Johnny Thunders, Jones’ first guitar was a Les Paul Junior with P-90 pickups. By the time The Clash got rolling, he moved up to Les Paul Standards and Customs.
While rhythm guitarist and main singer Joe Strummer preferred Telecasters, Jones opted for a fatter sound and played a variety of Les Pauls on The Clash’s 1979 breakthrough album London Calling.
In the above photo, he’s holding a sunburst Les Paul Standard. And in this video for Train In Vain, Jones wields a black Les Paul Custom (he was equally attached to an Alpine White model).