We have always admired Eric Clapton as one of the great guitarists of all time, singer and songwriter who had an extraordinary influence on musicians around the world for over 50 years. Now is your chance to own replicas of the guitar Eric Clapton and might your music sound better on them.
Music retailer Guitar Center, in full partnership and collaboration with the guitarist, unveiled the Eric Clapton Collection at its Manhattan location. The limited edition collection will feature five Eric Clapton tribute, replica and signature guitars to be sold in North America exclusively at select Guitar Center locations and online at GuitarCenter beginning Mach 21, 2013. The collection includes a replica Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster guitar, Gibson Harrison-Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul, and Eric Clapton Signature Martin 000-28 and 000-45 models, as well as Eric Clapton “Crossroads” guitar straps from Ernie Ball.
Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster
Clapton’s love of the Stratocaster began with ‘50’s rock pioneer Buddy Holly. All those records he made, it sounded like it was really quiet. It wasn’t until 1967, after establishing himself as a guitarist in the Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, that Clapton purchased his first Fender Stratocaster, a second-hand model at Sound City in London. Best known as the “Layla Stratocaster” and famously featured on the back cover of that pivotal album, the two-color Sunburst guitar, nicknamed “Brownie,” has a heavily worn maple neck, dated from June 1956. Clapton used the guitar for his first solo album. “Brownie” was sold at Clapton’s first guitar auction in June 1999, with a winning bid from Experience Music Project (EMP), led by Paul Allen. The Fender Custom Shop started work on a “Brownie” replica in the summer of 2012, using the original guitar in its current condition as a reference. Every single tiny detail, no matter how small, is accurately represented inside and out, including the cigarette burn on the headstock and the ultra-cool “Derek and the Dominos” guitar case. It has all the raspy, reedy bite and depth of the real thing, and played through a Fender EC Vibro Champ amp, it was effortless to produce the ‘Layla’ tone. The ‘Brownie’ is offerd in limited edition of 50 domestic and 50 guitars worldwide and the guitar retails for $14,999.
Eric Clapton “Crossroads” Signature Guitars
The Martin Eric Clapton “Crossroads” Signature Guitars are a limited edition of three of the finest and most desirable Martin instruments ever made – handcrafted to Eric Clapton’s personal specification by the C.F. Martin Custom Shop. Based on the legendary 14-fret 000 body style first introduced in 1934, these exquisite guitars are uniquely appointed with “Crossroads” pearl inlays and bear the personal, hand-written signatures of Eric Clapton and Chris Martin on both the Certificate Of Authenticity and sound hole label. Constructed from the finest and rarest tone woods, they are available in three versions: a 000-28EC Madagascar Rosewood (on sale March 2013); a 000-45EC Madagascar Rosewood; and a 000-45EC in Brazilian Rosewood. The two 000-45EC models are available for pre-sale via special order effective immediately, with first deliveries starting in March/April 2013. Martin 000-28EC “Crossroads” Madagascar Rosewood (retails for $5,999 msrp) ,000-45EC “Crossroads” Madagascar Rosewood (retails for $12,999 msrp), 000-45EC “Crossroads” Brazilian Rosewood (retails for $49,999 msrp).
Gibson Harrison-Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul
Still owned and cherished by the George Harrison estate, this Gibson Les Paul guitar originally a 1957 Gold Top, refinished by Gibson in 1967 in “cherry red” was meticulously measured and inspected by Gibson Custom in 2012, from which a stunning replica was made. A remarkably lightweight mahogany body, unusually slim ‘50s neck (thanks to the refinishing in 1967) and PAF humbuckers make this a great playing Les Paul. Other details authentically recreated include the offset seam on the maple top, along with screw holes for the previously removed Bigsby vibrato and “Custom” truss rod cover. In collaboration with the George Harrison Estate and Eric Clapton, this historical guitar will be a limited edition of just 100 guitars worldwide, available in America exclusively through Guitar Center in March/April 2013, coinciding with the 2013 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival. The Gibson Harrison Clapton Les Paul will retail for $14,999 msrp.