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News-Antique.com - Jun 28,2011 - You could call British musician Eric Clapton a rock star but many fans would call him a guitar craftsman and musical genius.
Eric said music has always been healing for him. He discovered early on it could wipe away his fear and confusion.
The first song Eric learned to play on his first guitar, a Hoyer, was folk song, “Scarlet Ribbons.” The 13-year-old liked Josh White’s bluesy version and learned to play it completely by ear by playing along with the record.
By 17 the self-taught guitarist joined his first band “The Roosters.” Before going solo, Eric went on to play with groups like “The Yardbirds, the “Bluesbreakers,” “Cream,” “Blind Faith,” and “Derek and the Dominos.”
His black-and-white Fender Stratocaster is his most recognized guitar. Fender also built an Eric Clapton signature Stratocaster for him. He has also used a traditional Marshall stack for amplification.
On March 9, Bonhams, New York, featured a simulcast auction in New York and Los Angeles of The Eric Clapton Sale of Guitars and Amps in aid of “The Crossroads Centre Antigua.” Crossroads is a residential addiction treatment centre offering programs and services to individuals and families from around the world. The organization supports people to be free of addiction.
A Clapton Fender Stratocaster Signature Model guitar; serial no., CN98950; with a black finish; sold for $51,240.
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