Eric Clapton has teamed up with Guitar Center to bring us the Eric Clapton Crossroads Collection
Eric Clapton and Guitar Center have got together with Fender, Gibson and Martin for five replica and signature guitars including a trio of signature Martin acoustics designed by Eric and some beautiful replicas of "Lucy" and "Brownie" electric guitars.
They are priced up to a whopping 50k, so they are only for those with a hefty wallet, but nonetheless we can dream…
Here's the info…
Guitar Center, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, in partnership with Eric Clapton, proudly announces the launch of the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection. The limited-edition collection will feature five Eric Clapton tribute, replica and signature guitars to be sold in North America exclusively at Guitar Center locations and online at GuitarCenter.com beginning March 21, 2013.
All guitars in the one-of-a-kind collection were developed in partnership with Eric Clapton, Guitar Center, Fender, Gibson and Martin Guitar, drawing inspiration from the guitars used by Clapton at pivotal points throughout his iconic career.
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.
Creating the Eric Clapton Crossroads Collection
The Eric Clapton Crossroads Collection is the result of a unique and significant history between the music retailer and famed guitarist. Guitar Center has co-sponsored each of Eric Clapton’s four Crossroads Guitar Festivals and been a strong supporter of the Crossroads Centre charity, having purchased several of Eric’s most famous guitars including his “BLACKIE” Stratocaster and the CREAM Gibson 335 at the Crossroads Guitar Auction in 2004.
Clapton has also graced the cover of the Guitar Center Buyers Guide. Coming together to develop this special collection was a natural continuation of the music retailer and music icon’s longstanding relationship. Well known amongst his peers for being a great musical collaborator, Clapton invited Guitar Center to create a collection of guitars from the most prestigious manufacturers.
The result of this incredible collaboration is two tribute replica guitars with rich ties to Clapton’s career as well as three new Eric Clapton signature guitars that will launch in conjunction with Clapton’s upcoming U.S. tour and Crossroads Guitar Festival.
“We have always admired Eric Clapton as one of the all-time great guitarists, singers and songwriters and for his extraordinary influence on musicians around the world for over 50 years,” said Michael Doyle, Senior Vice President of Guitar Merchandising. “We were honored to be invited by Eric to collaborate with him on this unique collection of guitars which have been the inspirational tools of his trade throughout his career.”
About “Brownie”: Best known as the “Layla Stratocaster” and famously featured on the back cover of that pivotal album, “Brownie” was the first Strat ever owned by Eric Clapton, purchased in May 1967. The 2-Color Sunburst guitar has a heavily worn maple neck, dated from 6-56, and was first seen in Clapton’s hands bolted to a Telecaster body during Blind Faith.
The (entire!) guitar was featured on the front cover of his first solo album Eric Clapton, and featured throughout Eric’s stint with “Delaney & Bonnie” and “Derek And The Dominos.” With a winning bid from Experience Music Project (EMP) of $497,500, “Brownie” was sold at Eric’s first guitar auction in June 1999.
In collaboration with Eric Clapton, Guitar Center and EMP, the Fender Custom Shop started work on a “Brownie” replica in the summer of 2012, using the original guitar as a reference. The project was led by Todd Krause, Senior Master Builder for Eric Clapton’s personal Stratocaster guitars, who reproduced the original guitar to the minutest detail.
Offered in a limited edition of just 50 domestic and 50 guitars worldwide, the “Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster” guitar will be offered in America exclusively through Guitar Center in March / April 2013, coinciding with the 2013 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival. The Fender Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster will retail for $14,999 msrp.
About “Lucy”: Owned by Eric Clapton and then given to his best friend George Harrison who soon nicknamed it “Lucy”, the “Gibson Harrison-Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul” has unequalled pedigree. At the invitation of George, Eric played the cherry red Les Paul on the Beatles classic, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Played by George on The Beatles’ White Album and Let It Be, the guitar can also be seen in the Beatles film Let It Be and the promo film Revolution. Loaned back to Eric in 1973, Eric played the storied guitar again at his comeback Rainbow Concert.
Still owned and cherished by the Harrison estate, the 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. And the offset seam on the maple top along with screw holes for the previously removed Bigsby vibrato and “Custom” truss rod cover are among the details which are authentically recreated.
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.
Martin Eric Clapton “Crossroads” Signature Guitars
Martin 000-28EC “Crossroads” Madagascar Rosewood (will retail for $5,999 msrp)
Martin 000-45EC “Crossroads” Madagascar Rosewood (will retail for $12,999 msrp)
Martin 000-45EC “Crossroads” Brazilian Rosewood (will retail for $49,999 msrp)
About the Martin Eric Clapton “Crossroads” Signature Guitars: Guitar Center, in partnership with Eric Clapton and C.F. Martin Guitar, has commissioned a limited edition of three of the finest and most desirable Martin instruments ever made – hand crafted 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.
Due to the exotic tone-woods and hand-crafted construction quantities are necessarily limited and Guitar Center is the exclusive retailer in the USA. The two 000-45EC models are available for pre-sale via special order effective immediately, with first deliveries starting in March / April 2013.