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Clapton’s Tone: More Than Just a Strat!

November 2, 2013

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It’s almost impossible to picture him in your mind’s eye holding anything other than a Fender Stratocaster--and you’d be right to do so: the guy wears a Strat like nobody’s business. Clapton’s tone is one that has been chased for decades—but he wasn’t always serving up those tasty bends on a Strat. Today in Andy’s Corner we thought we’d look back at some of the other guitars that helped Clapton develop his signature tone and influence generations of guitarists. Somewhat sadly, many of these guitars have been auctioned off by Clapton to raise money for his Crossroads Rehabilitation Centre in Antigua—but they’ve made many a collector happy and raised funds for an important cause that is close to Clapton’s heart.


After favoring Gibsons predominantly during his years in the Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, and Cream Clapton switched over to Strats after Cream broke up. Clapton has claimed that the Strat cannot be “bettered” and has used them faithfully since making the switch. However, Clapton had several iconic guitars in hand before he found the Strat—here’s a look at a few of them.

This cherry red ’64 Gibson ES-335 had a long career in the hands of Clapton—he used as early on as his stint in the Yardbirds and subsequently throughout his career until it was sold at auction in 2004 for almost $850,000! 

 


And then there’s Lucy. This infamous guitar has an incredible lineage, having belonged to both Clapton and George Harrison. A ’57 Goldtop that was refinished in red, it was the guitar that Clapton used to record the legendary solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

 


Clapton’s most famous guitar of his 60s era career is certainly this psychedelic ‘64 Gibson SG, nicknamed The Fool. During the height of psychedelia in the sixties, Cream had all their instruments painted by the art collective The Fool. Jack Bruce's bass, Ginger Baker's bass drum head, and Clapton's SG all received unforgettable paint jobs of the era. This guitar also has an interesting history, having been sold to Todd Rungren, who eventually also sold it at auction for $150,000.

 

Though these guitars have all moved on to new owners, they are an important part of Clapton's past and an important part of the "woman" tone that we've all been chasing for decades. A good reminder that even when you think you know what makes a man's tone (in this case, a Strat!)- the answer is usually a lot more complicated than you think. 

Comments

  1. craigwonderfingers says:

    Clapton’s Fool was not sold for $150,000.  It was sold for $122,500.  It is where “woman tone”
    was invented.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:01 am
  2. Kevin Davitt says:

    He’s played Gibsons on occasion. Most often at his Crossroads benefits.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:24 am
  3. Cream Man says:

    Re: It’s almost impossible to picture him anything other than a Fender Stratocaster.            Can’t picture him with anything but a Gibson. You forgot his Firebird.  I stopped buying his records when he switched to Fender

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:27 am
  4. Vincent Cartier says:

    Clapton’s Strat has the Mid Boost Pre Amp kit 24db,TBX tone control setup.  This addition gives him that same warm fat sound he created with his Gibson’s that all sported humbuckers.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:28 am
  5. Bob Turek says:

    I remember seeing The Fool at Winterland in the ‘60s when Clapton was with Cream, what a beauty!!

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:36 am
  6. toomanywaystofall says:

    Regardless of the guitar in hand EC is gonna move you…

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:38 am
  7. Pete says:

    Is anyone really shocked to find this out like the article implies? I don’t think anybody is under the impression that Clapton played Strats exclusively. Saying that it’s hard to picture him holding anything other than a Strat is just ridiculous. Wayyyy overboard with this one PGS.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:39 am
  8. '54 Chevy says:

    Why is Lucy (the ‘57 Les Paul) described as infamous? ‘Infamous’ is not a synonym of ‘famous’.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:39 am
  9. Vincent Cartier says:

    Infamous in that it also belonged to George Harrison who received it as a gift from Clapton.  It was stolen from Harrison, Sold to a guitar store, who tracked down the owner where Harrison bought and traded it back.  It is one of the iconic guitars of rock n roll!

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:46 am
  10. william allen says:

    “Infamous” probably refers to the fact that Clapton was bedding Harrison’s wife when he received the Les Paul from George…Like a good Buddhist, George was not upset..

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:52 am
  11. alien vision says:

    @‘54 Chevy, I believe infamous is a somewhat appropriate term in that the guitar was later stolen; sold to a pawn shop; then resold (without 30-day waiting period for stolen items check); and, subsuquently this all led to Harrison having to trade two instruments to get back a guitar that was stolen from him and rightfully his in the first place. A truly raw deal for George!

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:02 am
  12. Danno says:

    The list is missing his 1960 Beano Les Paul.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:04 am
  13. Chris Schrom says:

    Clapton was best with Gibsons into Marshalls.  When he went fender he sucked.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:08 am
  14. Stephan Gregor says:

    “Infamous,” meaning famous in a bad way, obviously does not belong here. As far as George Harrison’s spiritual orientation, I believe he followed the Hindu tradition; Krishna, for instance, is from that pantheon. No matter, the practice led him to a very fine space, but even a saint is likely to get more than a little ‘upset’ with someone else, especially a good friend, having at it with his wife. Actually, in “Layla,” wasn’t Clapton singing about the woman he Could Not Have, because she was married to his friend?

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:10 am
  15. R. Brennan says:

    “Lucy” was also owned by Rick Derringer who had it refinished in red at Gibson after his father insisted that his finish-checked Gold Top was ,not a “professional” looking guitar. Before that it was owned by John Sebastian, of The Lovin’ Spoonful. There’s a video on YouTube where Clapton talks about The Lovin’ Spoonful as being a big influence and how they took the chord sequence from “Tales of Brave Ulysses” from the Spoonful’s “Summer in the City”. The guitar and the influence come full circle…,

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:24 am
  16. Funk E says:

    He also played a Tele with Blind Faith. He still plays some Gibsons and other guitars. Saw him with a big hollow Gibson several times in the last few years. Regardless, he’s never really gotten any better over the years ( ditto for Santana ) and I find him quite boring. Just my personal opinion. Beauty is in the ears of the beholder.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:33 am
  17. R, Brennan says:

    I forgot to add that Clapton played a Byrdland at the “Concert for Bangladesh” (he mistakenly thought that it was the model that Chuck Berry played) and on the “From the Cradle” tour he played his Red 335, a Sunburst 335, a Blonde ES 350T (the model that Chuck Berry DID play) that he used also in The Chuck Berry Film “Hail, Hail Rock & Roll”, and both Blonde and Sunburst Brydlands (for the Elmore James slide numbers.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:35 am
  18. john says:

    whatever the guitar , i,ll jam with EC any day , his work with Duane Allman , was great stuff , reckon they complimented each other , and like any musicians they learnt from one another , and had fun , which is what music is all about , me i like duane and erics interchanging with slide dodro , / acoustic ... clapton realised allman was in a class of his own ... maybe vice versa ?

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:43 am
  19. Me says:

    Honestly, I don’t think Clapton’s tone since he switched to a strat is particularly iconic. Don’t get me wrong, I love his sound, but there’s nothing particularly noteworthy to a Fender into a Fender. His tone now is in his hands, not his gear. His most iconic sound is most certainly the SG-into-Marshall sound on Sunshine of Your Love.

    That being said, I heard Bob Kulic (noteworthy studio musician) who was in the NY scene when Clapton and Hendrix were buddy-buddy. He said that Clapton never switched to Fender before Hendrix died because he was intimidated by Hendrix’s prowess on his strat. He wanted to make the switch long before he actually did!

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:43 am
  20. Emmett McClary says:

    The “Fool” was the guitar you see Eric Clapton playing in the BBC/PBS documentary about the career of Cream.  In that documentary Clapton explains the tone control and how he uses the volume tone and switching back and forth from the pickups to get multiple sounds during a song and WOW!  No one works a guitar for all it’s sounds like GOD!  I know EC is not God but compared to many who critisize him and think they know alot about guitar he is at least a demigod always24 !

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:44 am
  21. Thomas says:

    Actually, Eric talked to George about his feeling for his wife. She had feelings for Eric at that time also. This was prior to any jumping in the sack with her. George and Eric were very close friends at the time. George granted Eric permission to purse his wife, if that meant they would both be happy.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:49 am
  22. blaine says:

    all this talk about gibson vs fender and Clapton - both were legendary sounds from one of the greatest guitarist around and still with us.  Its not about the guitars - its about the man that played them - if you believe anything else - then dont call the guitar “the fool” it is you my friend that’s the fool.

    miss you Lou - To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm
  23. Al Padgett says:

    I think I must agree (mostly) with Chris Schrom.
    He was most creative, innovative, and just a fantastic kick-butt guitarist in his Gibson/Marshall days.  But since he went Fender, the meat-n-potatoes of his unique sound went with it.  Same thing happened with Duane Allman - as soon as he went Fender, his sound got thin with none of the balls of his Gibson days.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm
  24. P dean says:

    So if I read between the lines of this article, all his great music was played on gibsons. He switched to fender and proceeded to play lukewarm kool aid music with a plasticy toilet seat sound into his golden years….and George Harrison should have broken his hands into gnarled dwarf claws for banging his wife.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm
  25. Alan Veil says:

    I just want to second what Blaine said, and say that, IMO, anyone who would stop listening to a guitarist because they changed from one company’s instrument to another is, at best, some kind of fanatic that’s missing the point. Are you really THAT obsessed w/Gibson? Why? Is it really about the tone, or about some perceived “coolness” you associate w/Gibson? The instrument is & always should be 2nd to the player. A talented guitarist can take a cheap guitar & make it sing, while an amateur is going to sound like an amateur even if they’re playing a $10K Gibson LP Custom. Yes, good equipment is important, and both Fender & Gibson make good guitars. 2 of the 20th century’s greatest guitarists were both named Jimmy; one played a LP, the other played a Strat. PUPs can be changed. And so much tweaking is done of the signal during recording I personally doubt many would even know a particular artist had switched guitars w/out being told. Who bases what music they like not on the playing ability or quality of songs but upon what equipment the musician(s) use?

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm
  26. CBJ says:

    I wanted to post how boring this article was but I fell asleep in the middle of it.

    How about an article on what famous guitarists have for breakfast so I can go out and eat the same thing and become famous just like them.

    You guys are running low on material.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  27. Alp says:

    Grow up folks!  No competition here between Gibson n Fender.  I played a Silvertone one time (with an amp built into the case) and believe it or not I made that thing absolutely sing.  The main point here seems to be (for a lot of folks) that the Clapton sound changed dramatically when he started using mostly Fender. Some like it n some don’t. Still one of the greatest living guitarists! But some folks just simply liked his body of works better when he was using mostly Gibson

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm
  28. Laurent says:

    Miss the LP Beano and his Firebird I !

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  29. TM1 says:

    Clapton had the “Summersburst” in `66 before the The Fool SG which he got in `67. That was the only guitar he used on “Fresh Cream”. That’s the record with the Woman Tone!! Disraeli Gears had the black `58 LP Custom used on 90% of the tracks. The SG was used more live than on records. The “Wheels of Fire” LP was the Firebird & ES-335. Most of his tone is in his fingers. No one guitar was the “Woman Tone” guitar.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm
  30. Jim Gross says:

    Anybody who doesn’t remember, and having it seem natural, Clapton and his Gibson’s, just wasn’t around in Clapton’s early days-almost exclusively Gibson. There were so many great songs from that era “Sunshine of your Love”, “Badge”, “White Room” for example. And yes, the song “Layla”,  was about Clapton’s unrequitted love for George Harrison’s wife, Patti Boyd. As was, later,also “Wonderful Tonight”. Harrison and Clapton had become great and fast friends in the late 60’s and yes, Clapton fell madly in love with Harrison’s wife,Patti. In the beginning, Clapton was too much of a gentleman and friend to George, to do anything about this, other than express it to her, quite often in his songs. Harrison and Boyd’s marriage was falling apart by 1973-she alledges due to his infidelities and she supposedly had an affair with Ronnie Wood of the Small Faces-currently the Rolling Stones-and Patti left George in 1974. She moved in with and married Clapton in 1979 and left him in 1984 also alledgedly due to infidelities and drug and alcohol use. although Patti was no stranger to either. She divorced Clapton in 1988. So, Clapton did not “steal” Harrison’s wife, and his years of loving her so deeply while she was still married to George were a source of great anguish to Clapton, he even put his guitars down for a period of time, and except for the enticement of good friends-like George Harrison-might never have picked them up again. Next to the eventual tragic loss of his son, this was ,reportedly, a very despondant time in Clapton’s life, and drugs and alcohol increasingly became a big part of his life-thus the importance and devotion to His Crossroads Recovery Center.
      As to the use of the word “infamous”, I would contend that it refers to the guitar “the Fool” and not to Clapton himself. Regardless of the guitar that he held in his hands or the amp it was plugged into, Clapton made magic with any or all, of that there is no doubt. Whatever guitar Clapton has in his hands, becomes Clapton and Clapton’s sound/tone. There are is much “classic” music that came from Clapton and continues to this day. He is certainly one of the greatest, if not “THE”.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm
  31. Paul Finney says:

    Eric is a tone master no matter what he plays. He played a Tele with the Yardbirds I believe. The Beano guitar was stolen and never found as far as I know.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm
  32. thanasis the greek says:

    do not shoot musicians that will not yet be in your wildest dreams!!

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm
  33. miko says:

    I’d like to recommend PGS that they ought to not give the generally whiney and overly biased public the chance to carp and vent about your articles. Failing that at least don’t make peoples opinions public property as far too many strike out at each other with vehemence and ill educated information. In fact if they want to complain, let them send in a letter, the old fashioned way!

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm
  34. hobo says:

    I like plenty of Clapton strat songs, but there is something special about what he can do with a Les Paul…

    http://youtu.be/eU1ks8mL9OM

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm
  35. Vecchi says:

    The most important fact: Clapton is on top for almost 50 years (!!!) using Fender, Gibson or whatever.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  36. JB says:

    Whatever-  EC has always been a great champion of the electric guitar. I saw Cream @ the Grande in Detroit(some of my friends,The Odds & Ends,opened) & I’ve still never seen anything better. I don’t really care if he can sweep pick arpeggios,he has always put great feeling into his playing & songwriting.

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm
  37. Tobo says:

    As far as I can remember Clapton was also a famous Gibson Explorer player:
    “In 2001 Gibson produced limited editions of Eric Clapton’s modified 1958 Explorer, the Explorer Clapton Cut, featuring a shortened bass bout that allows more comfortable arm positioning and the Explorer Split Headstock, a faithful recreation of the original 1958 Korina Explorer with the “forked” headstock found only on the very earliest examples.” (Wikipedia)

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm
  38. Kilgore Stevens says:

    I once gave Clapton one of my treasured Teisco guitars and introduced him to my old lady, hoping that he would take her away.  He did, for a couple of days, and then she wandered away with some other string slinger.  Man, I sure miss that guitar!

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm
  39. Helder says:

    The Les Paul from the Beano album!

    posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:45 pm
  40. Jim H says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t include the Beano Les Paul!! I am from the generation old enough to view Clapton playing anything other than a Gibson as heresy! ;-) I personally feel that he has never matched his Bluesbreakers/Cream era work with anything he has done since going solo and switching to Fender guitars. To my ears his Fender tones are very generic and cookie cutter bland. I do feel that part of that is also due to the fact that in the early days he had people like Mayall and Jack Bruce really challenging him and pushing him to excel, whereas as a superstar solo artist, he is his own motivator, and that for Eric has always been problematic.

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 2:17 am
  41. sme says:

    all these partisan fender vs gibson comments are just a hoot. especially the idiots who espouse the “oh I quit listening to him when he switched to fender”.  every one who commented here only wishes they had a fraction of the talent that EC has, not withstanding what he plays with or through.

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 3:28 am
  42. Dave says:

    Woman Tone is not confined to one guitar; it’s a lead tone you get from the neck pickup, as opposed to using the bridge pickup all the time as the manufacturers used to suggest you should.  Clapton discussed this in an interview, I think in Guitar Player, possibly as much as 30 years ago.  He also said he learned the term from someone else, possibly an older bluesman.  I’ve always thought of it as more like a cry and less like the ‘scream’ of a bridge pickup.  In ‘A Day in the Life’, Beck uses the bridge pickup for the first, quieter verse, then switches to the bridge for the rest of the song.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExqyxuGERN8

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 3:36 am
  43. Claudio Pellini says:

    People ! you all must stop stressing over which guitar?,amp settings,pedals,etc… and realize that at least 80% of anyone’s tone is in the fingers and how there used.practice and practice somemore and of course good equipment.rock-on.

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 4:20 am
  44. Quacky says:

    I believe Mr. Clapton changed over to the Stratocaster after witnessing and hearing the sound Jimi Hendrix was getting out of one. :)

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 4:55 am
  45. hobo says:

    He’s said many times in many interviews that he was inspired to pick up a Strat by Steve Winwood, who regularly used one with Traffic.

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 5:14 am
  46. Mrs. Cream Man says:

    For sme. About the same time Clapton switched to fender, he stopped playing with his heart and soul.  He sold out and shot the sheriff.

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 5:27 am
  47. Sarkreth says:

    What the heck is that yellow circle on picture of The Fool supposed to indicate?! It’s bugging the hell out of me!

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 6:17 am
  48. Yellow Circle says:

    The yellow circle shows the position of 6th screw
    One of the mysteries surrounding the guitar is exactly what year the guitar was manufactured. It is sometimes thought that the guitar is a 1961, however with six screws in the pick guard, this rules this out as a possibility (six screwed pick guards had only begun to be attached to SGs beginning in 1964). Therefore it is thought that the guitar is either a 1964 or a 1965. It is impossible to know the precise date due to the fact that when the guitar was being painted, the serial number was sanded off.

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 7:16 am
  49. Frank O'Dell says:

    EC is who he is, just like Hendrix is Hendrix. They are/were very good guitarist. That being said! Everyone knows Gibson is a balls to the wall sounding guitar, just as we all know Fender is also a great sounding guitar. They both have there place, and that’s why they are still being sold, to this day! As far as Eric Clapton sleeping with another mans wife, no matter who her husband is! Eric is a pile of shit..  Listen up all you Fender haters, I am a Gibson man, but Fender is just as worthy! Did it ever occur, that maybe it’s your playing “)

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 7:32 am
  50. Fool Man Chew says:

    The Fool guitar shown in the picture here is either a reproduction, or taken after Rundgren restored it, EC’s guitar had a trapeze tailpiece on it.

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 8:25 am
  51. hobo says:

    “When he first began playing the Gibson, the guitar was still fitted with the original Deluxe Vibrolo tremolo arm; Clapton simply fixed the mechanism in place. The vibrato bar was eventually removed and replaced with two other tailpieces: another Gibson tremolo with a flexible piece of metal instead of springs; and a non-tremolo trapeze-style unit.”

    http://www2.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/legendary-guitar_-the-saga-of.aspx

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 11:07 am
  52. hobo says:

    “Rundgren restored and sealed the body to prevent any further deterioration, replaced the rotting headstock, and retouched the paint. A fixed stop tailpiece was installed along with a Tune-o-matic bridge, Strap Locks, and new knobs. “

    http://www2.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/legendary-guitar_-the-saga-of.aspx

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 11:14 am
  53. vcartier77 says:

    Clapton is Clapton, no matter the guitar.  The history of each of his Axes has been very interesting.

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 11:32 am
  54. Bruce says:

    I play Fender, Gibson, Epiphone, and Rickenbacker guitars.  They all have their place, and are beautiful for what they are.  They are all individuals.
    And by the way, regarding the “Two Jimmys” comment, I assume the comparison was Hendrix and Page- and much of Page’s studio work with Zeppelin was done using a Telecaster.  The Les Paul was his live weapon of choice.

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm
  55. Paul says:

    When I first heard Fresh Cream in the 60’s I’d never a guitar sound like that before. Very inspiring.

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm
  56. Pro-Steel Pickguards says:

    Clapton???...would never betray on Fender. Impossible to imagine me playing with anything other than my skull and crossbones earring, and a gleaming polished steel pickguard…I’ll never sell out !!

    posted on November 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm
  57. Bump Speedleman says:

    The Gibsons were notorious for being the bad influence that introduced Eric to the heroin, alcohol and other drugs. Those Gibsons even whispered in his ear to become a lech, adulterer and thief of spoken for women. Moms everywhere warn their kids to stay away from those Gibsons, nothing but hooligans and ne’er do wells…but being the devils children, they brought out the best in his sound and creativity…then he checked into the mayo clinic and met the fender gang. Now he throws his coat down over rain puddles for women, rescues cats from trees and only drinks decaf coffee on Sundays after church. This is all fact, but it was edited out of Lester Bangs book, Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, due to unverified sources. So…. Gibsons equals drugs, alcohol, womanizing and blistering eye bleeding rock n roll… Fenders equals decaf church Sundays and chivalry. I’ll stick with the Gibsons. Sorry if I wax poetic, it’s all the haze of drugs and booze in my veins…Tu PAC said it best when he paraphrased Old Testament scripture, only god can judge me.

    posted on November 4, 2013 at 2:01 am
  58. Justin Wright says:

    I am also angry for no apparent reason! Grrrrr, guitar facts, grrrrr, audacious claims, grrrrr, ...off to troll on gear talk.

    posted on November 4, 2013 at 9:52 am
  59. Marcus says:

    O what shocking news. Next thing you know, PGS will tell you that Knopfler has more guitars than a red Stratocaster with a rosewood fretboard made sometimes in the sixties.

    posted on November 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm
  60. Mountain says:

    I guess in Clapton’s case, the Strat marks the end of making pertinent music and the beginning of adult contemporary white washed blues. Great guitar player? Sure. But as an artist, stiff and overrated.

    posted on November 5, 2013 at 3:43 am
  61. Meat says:

    Agreed, Mountain. His last album of passionate playing is the D&D live album In Concert. And that was recorded 43 years ago.

    posted on November 5, 2013 at 7:46 am
  62. CBJ says:

    Meat,
    That wasn’t passion that was heroin.

    “Clapton writes about his many years of addiction in his new autobiography, Clapton. He calculates that he was spending the current equivalent of 8,000 pounds — about $16,000 — a week on heroin.”
    NPR

    You do realize that his ‘Crossroads’ concerts are actually benefit concerts for his “Crossroads Centre” treatment facility for addiction and that is why he sold so many of his guitars to the tune of $12 million . . . to fund his centre.
    www.crossroadsantigua.org.

    Musically he is akin to a dilettante, a dabbler . . . talented, sure but interesting?
    He has nothing to say and hasn’t for years.

    posted on November 5, 2013 at 10:36 am
  63. Cosmic 1 says:

    I have to say that this article (?) fall miles short just mentioning 3 of Claptons guitars (sans his Strats). Come on you guys, I thought you had it together when I first jumped on board with your newsletters but you’re starting to cut corners with articles, Andys lessons amongst other things and spin the drain. Get with the program .... or I like many others will unsubscribe and/or have it in spam limbo through out eternity.

    posted on November 7, 2013 at 1:39 am
  64. Chris Palmer says:

    Maybe he moved to fender for scale length reasons.. He’s got big hands and there’s more room on a strat, especially the more modern ones…

    posted on November 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm
  65. Donner Rusk says:

    .... well really if you’ve played a Clapton strat you know that when you roll up the mid boost it sounds very much like a full humbucker and will make an amp scream in the same way - tho the maple neck strats have a more immediate attack than the Gibson rosewood boards….


    and hows he going to get ‘better’ ? Hes still the best Clapton around ;  ]

    posted on November 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm
  66. Gloryblues says:

    Last time, people…

    The neck is the bit where the heel of your hand goes.
    The fingerboard is the bit that holds the frets apart.

    For instance, one of my guitars has a mahogany neck and a rosewood fingerboard.
    One has a maple neck and an ebony fingerboard.
    One has a solid maple neck & fingerboard.  (plus a “skunk” stripe in mahogany)

    Lets all agree upon the correct terminology.

    posted on November 11, 2013 at 1:02 am
  67. craigwonderfingers says:

    Duh, really?  Do you think?

    posted on November 11, 2013 at 1:45 am
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