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Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer. Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Yardbirds, of Cream, and as a solo performer, being the only person ever to be inducted three times. Often viewed by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest guitarists of all time,[2] Clapton was ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"[3] and #53 on their list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[4]

Although Clapton has varied his musical style throughout his career, it has always remained grounded in the blues. Yet, in spite of this focus, he is credited as an innovator in a wide variety of genres. These include blues-rock (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and the Yardbirds) and psychedelic rock (with Cream). Additionally, Clapton's chart success was not limited to the blues, with chart-toppers in Delta Blues (Me and Mr. Johnson), pop ("Change the World") and reggae (Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff"). One of his most successful recordings was the hit love song "Layla," which he played with the band Derek and the Dominos, and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", which has been his staple song since his days with Cream.
Eric Clapton; From his early days in the Yardbirds and Cream to his current status as guitar icon and bluesman extraordinaire, Eric Clapton has released more than 40 albums over the course of his 40-year career.
While his rig was quite simple, therea re many parts to cover and how his Marshalls changed over the years, being that he used them when they were still very new!
It's interesting to know that when he was a druggie, he considered repainting Blackie green (cuz a black/white/maple strat isn't too rare) and selling it for drug money... I'm glad he didn't

I would like to know if the guitar Clapton borrowed for the Fresh Cream recordings and the Windsor show of 1966 was Keith's Richards bigsby les paul guitar or was it a different Les Paul borrowed from someone else? Above there is a picture of the guitar with the caption stating "A very good picture, clearly showing the beautiful flame top."

I have seen a picture recently of a guitar that favors this guitar and would like to post if we can dismiss the keith richards guitar.


Scooter Krinkle
This is my opinion for Eric Clapton's early rig.

Put a Strat using the middle and rhythm pick-ups (tone knob one at 3 and knob two at 7) through a Marshall MG100 DFX on clean channel. Put the bass, middle and treble all at 50 percent. Then, put crunch on and put the gain to about 10 to 15 percent. The reason for such low gain is to get a perfect mix of fizz and pure Clapton rawness. Or, if you don't want fizz at all... don't put crunch and just put the gain to about 2 or 3 o'clock. (70-75 percent)

Good luck,
Barrett Rutters
Don't worry Phil that post was so incorrect he must be a troll.

Gibson 2005 Les Paul Standard
Fender Road Worn Strat w/ Noiseless pickups
Marshall JCM 2000 401C
Marshall Vintage Modern 2266
Marshall 1960A cab (Dave Hill from Slade's old cab)
Ibanez TS9DX
EHX Little Big Muff
Freshman Acoustic
I didn't even read it.

But MG, all at 50%?

I agree, it's nonsense. You'll never get a good Clapton tone with that rig and that eq.
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