Nashville, TN (November 29, 2016) -- Gruhn Guitars is pleased and honored to offer a collection of 29 guitars owned and used by Eric Clapton. The wide-ranging collection features both vintage and modern guitars, each of which is accompanied by a photo of Eric Clapton with the guitar and a signed letter from him attesting ownership and use.
“Eric Clapton first visited my shop in 1970 when Derek & the Dominos performed on The Johnny Cash Show. He assembled his famous “Blackie” Stratocaster using components from the four Stratocasters he bought from me and parts he purchased from Sho-Bud Guitars around the corner from my shop the same day. Over the years, Eric and I have remained in touch, made a good number of instrument deals, and he has frequently visited Gruhn Guitars when he passes through Nashville,” said George Gruhn (Chairman & CEO of Gruhn Guitars). “It is very meaningful to have a friend like Eric Clapton who shares my love of guitars and uses the instrument to such great effect. Everyone at Gruhn Guitars feels incredibly honored to represent him in offering a group of very fine instruments from his collection.”
The collection includes two pre-WWII Martin acoustic guitars, Custom Shop/Masterbuilt Fender Stratocasters, recent-issue Gretsch, Roland, and Gibson electric solidbody and hollowbody guitars, archtops including vintage and modern D’Angelico guitars, resonator, classical and flattop guitars, a fretless Music Man bass, and an Epiphone Les Paul autographed by Les Paul. The Clapton Collection is on display at Gruhn Guitars and at guitars.com/clapton
“As a guitar player and music fan, I’m ecstatic,” said Keith Gregory (Sales at Gruhn Guitars since 1993), “Though I’ve been fortunate to see, play, and sell thousands of truly amazing guitars here at the shop over the past 23 years, the opportunity to find new homes for instruments owned and used by one of the greatest guitar players of all time is by far one of the most exciting experiences in my 40+ years in the guitar business.”
Eric Clapton’s influence and importance to guitar players are immeasurable. He is world-renowned for his musical work in The Yardbirds, Cream, and Derek & the Dominos and as a songwriter, guitarist, singer, solo artist, and collaborator, and is a three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. His extensive philanthropic efforts have made a dramatic positive impact through charitable organizations around the world including Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center founded by Clapton.
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