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Our worship leader was going to sell his motorcycle for one of those. Today he showed up with a Gretsch Tennesee Rose. Didn't get a chance to talk to him, but his wife said it had become like part of his body - they couldn't be separated.
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At last he saw the light... I think that the sound he had on "EC was here" was his best ever.
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Clapton's main axe currently remains his Strat. He bought this ES-335 from Dave and Drew (the so called "Burst Brothers") who run the vintage side of Guitar Center, just before Cream played their Madison Square Garden shows last year. But, he never played it live with Cream.

 

I saw Clapton in NYC about two weeks ago, and sadly he didn't use it then. Apparently he's just started using it on a couple of songs each night in the last two or three shows. I'd have loved to hear him play it.

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EC also bought a 1958 (it might have been a '59, I can't remember for sure) Gibson "Burst" Les Paul at the same time. He did have it on stage at The Garden.....I saw it with my binoculars. But, he never touched it at any of the shows, as far as I know.

 

Now, I'd LOVE to see/hear him play that baby!!

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Originally posted by ellwood:

"Gretsch Tennesee Rose" Very sweet axe!! he has great taste in guitars!! :D:love:

Very beautiful guitar, too. Nice sound and excellent crunch sound. They really are distinctive. I run sound this coming week so I'll get to play with it a bit. :D
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Many years ago I saw an interview with EC where he was demonstrating to whoever was filming him some of his effects with an ES335. Really cool clip- have no idea where I saw it. Pretty sure he was either still in Cream or just after that, he had really long hair

like he did at that time. Funny how some things stick with you years and years!

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I seem to remember him playing a show on TV right after he released From the Cradle where he played a white 335, and a few other guitars. Unfortunately I cannot remember what they were, but they weren't Strats. I know some of the tracks on From the Cradle were recorded with non-strat guitars...
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Many years ago I saw an interview with EC where he was demonstrating to whoever was filming him some of his effects with an ES335. Really cool clip- have no idea where I saw it. Pretty sure he was either still in Cream or just after that, he had really long hair
tiger85, I think you must be referring to the footage from the "Goodbye Cream" BBC special made from their last shows in Albert Hall November 26, 1968. There are brief interview segments with each of the three members. In Clapton's, he demonstrates how he improvises off of "stock phrases," plays a few blues phrases (one really basic, then a tarted-up variant of it), and he demonstrates the wah-wah pedal and the "woman tone"... but it's an SG or SG-type Les Paul (I think it's the famous painted one, in fact, that Todd Rundgren owned for a while afterwards), not a 335, in that clip. The 335 is, however, in almost all of the concert footage that's on that same program.

 

 

I'm prety sure I've seen pictures of him using one during the Beano album days though.
Kramer Ferrington III, hmmm, never saw any pictures like that, all the Beano-era pictures I've seen he has that Les Paul. There are a bunch of photos from the period right after Cream broke up, when Blind Faith was recording, where he's playing that 335 he had at the Goodbye shows at Albert Hall.
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Oh, one more EC-with-a-335 thing... there's a concert DVD called, "Live in Hyde Park" from 1996, I think, in which Clapton plays a (red) ES-335 on "Tore Down" and perhaps one other tune... it sounds great...

 

otherstar, I don't think I've ever even seen a white ES-335... is it possible you saw that Hyde Park thing on a black and white TV and the red guitar looked white? ;-)

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What is up with this conversation?? Do you guys live with EC? Tour with him? He has played 335's on and off since the early 1960's, so it's hardly a stretch to believe he brought one or more on tour in the late 60's or since. Just because he doesn't have it onstage every gig doesn't mean it ain't there.

 

Gibson released an EC custom shop guitar based on his early '60's 335, so I just don't get what all the interest is here.

 

Lets all go marvel at Sting for picking up a guitar early in his solo career, and now he has an entire album of lute music! Wow! The earth might crack from the ridiculousness of all of this.

 

Yes, it's neat that he's playing a 335, but what is with the nit-picking over what he played when and where? The man has owned a lot of guitars and I'm sure there are recordings and live performances you or me or someone else would swear was done on the original Blackie or an SG, etc. but was actually played on something else.

 

:rolleyes:

 

I just don't get the tabloid fascination with him picking up a 335. Or for that matter, the same conversations that come up every time someone mentions Jimi in conjunction with a guitar other than an upside down strat. :confused:

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Re: Clapton with a 335.

 

He may not be associated with that guitar, like Larry Carlton was at one time. But most guitarists, even if we have a main squeeze, at least like to TRY out other kinds of guitar don't we? And surely Clapton doesn't have any problem buying whatever he wants!

 

Was it a 335 that B B King played a lot back in the day, or another Gibson model?

 

I seem to remember a video of Eric Johnson playing a 335.

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Technically, BB's guitar has been a 355 ever since they made the original Lucille, but it's a 335 derivitive.

 

BB's "Lucille" model has gold hardware, a "Vari-tone" switch (I believe that was also available on garden variety 345's when they were available), "stereo" operation, microtuner tailpiece, and no f-holes. The actual Lucille's were available in black. (Although they may have made some red ones in the early years too.) They were discontinued 4 or 5 years ago, IIRC.

 

Well, whadda-ya-know? They've reintroduced the Lucille as a Custom Shop model. They're also making a special, 80th Birthday model for people with lots of money in need of something to spend it on. ;)

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Originally posted by fantasticsound:

They're also making a special, 80th Birthday model for people with lots of money in need of something to spend it on. ;)

I saw that on Gibson's site a few days ago and it's absolutely horrible looking. No way would I ever own such a gawdy looking guitar. I'll bet you if you took that thing to the Grand Ol' Opry, people there would say... man, that guitar is gawdy!
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:D

 

No guitar is gaudy with B.B.King playing it! :D

 

And besides, that's the Opry you're talking about! Since Roy Acuff died this guy has been, for lack of a better term, the mascot of the Opry!

 

http://www.opry.com/Media/Images/Members/PorterWagoner2.jpg

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Originally posted by fantasticsound:

I just don't get the tabloid fascination with him picking up a 335.

No, well... to be honest, I didn't get it either and was basically just making conversation. But now I know that he never played a 335 live with Cream, and that's got to be worth something! :):D
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But now I know that he never played a 335 live with Cream, and that's got to be worth something!
... but he did play a 335 live with Cream, during the Farewell concerts in '68...

 

(at the risk of incurring further disdain from fantasticsound...)

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Originally posted by Kramer Ferrington III.:

Originally posted by fantasticsound:

I just don't get the tabloid fascination with him picking up a 335.

No, well... to be honest, I didn't get it either and was basically just making conversation. But now I know that he never played a 335 live with Cream, and that's got to be worth something! :):D
But that's exactly my point. You don't know he never played a 335, live with Cream. Nobody outside Clapton possibly his guitar tech at the time, the sound and light techs maybe, absolutely know what guitars he played with Cream.

 

Has Clapton said one way or another what his recollection is?

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Hey Neil

 

Easy there, guy! I'm not sure why the strong negative reaction to this thread. Maybe I missed something......and that is possible!!

 

I've only participated in one other on line forum, and that was the "Cream Forum" that was set up when the rumors of a Cream reunion began. That was an excellent forum, with close to ZERO negativity.....one of the reasons I really enjoyed it. Anyhow, one of the more interesting threads concerned Clapton's choice of guitars at various times during his career. There was lots of lively discourse about which guitars he played on what songs, on which albums, etc.. There are people who have chronicled with some accuracy, just what guitars he's played on many of his songs, and different albums. I always enjoyed the discussions of how his guitar and amp choices may have influenced the particular tone or sound he was getting at that particular stage of his career. Clapton's tone, and playing has naturally changed a lot over the course of his long career. Many on the Cream forum wished he'd have played a Gibson guitar with Marshall amps, hoping that that would have gotten a sound more like the "Cream of old". In fact, even Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce got in on this, by putting Mini Marshall Stacks on top of their amps on stage when they played the Garden!!!

 

Here's a photo I took of Jack Bruce's rig, showing the Mini Marshall Stack on top;

 

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m114/mdrs1/BrucesMarshallStack.jpg

 

Here's a photo I took of Clapton's on stage rig at Madison Square that very same night (10/25/05);

 

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m114/mdrs1/ClaptonsMarshallStack.jpg

 

This kind of discussion strikes me as very appropriate to a Guitar Player's forum, where we are naturally always in search of better tone. I'd think that Eric Clapton's own search for tone would teach us all a lesson or two.

Don

 

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Here's a decent source of Clapton's amp and stage set ups from the past;

 

http://www.whereseric.com/ecfaq/guitars-amps/guitars-amps-amplifiers-effects-pedals-wahwah-marshall-vox.html

Don

 

"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."

 

 

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