The “Big Three” guitar manufacturers Fender, Gibson and Martin are joining forces with Guitar Center and Eric Clapton to put together an amazing collection based on some EC’s most iconic guitars. Named the ”Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection”, it will consist of five limited-edition guitars that each signify important highlights in his career. Eric Clapton helped to spearhead the partnership and part of the proceeds of the sales will go towards the Crossroads Centre charity.
The guitars in the collection include a Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster guitar for $14,999. ”Brownie” was used by Clapton to record Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The original “Brownie” was sold at auction $497,500 in June 1999, so quite a deal compared to the original. :)
The Gibson is called the Harrison-Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul and will retail for $14,999. Clapton played the original ’50s cherry red Les Paul on The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Clapton gave the guitar to George Harrison and Harrison can be seen playing the guitar in the 1968 promo film for “Revolution.”
Martin has three models – the Eric Clapton Signature Martin 000-28 for $5,999 and two Eric Clapton Signature Martin 000-45 models for $12,999 and $49,999. These Martin’s represent the Unplugged era of Clapton’s career. The $50,000 000-45 models feature Brazilian rosewood, presumably from Martin’s stockpile as the wood is now protected, and explain the exorbitant price.
Here’s a series of videos with Eric Clapton talking about the guitars:
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