Gruhn Guitars Offers Guitars Owned and Used By Eric Clapton

Gruhn Guitars has a collection of 29 guitars owned and used by Eric Clapton on offer. 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. The Clapton Collection is on display at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee and online at

Gruhn Guitars was established in January 1970 by George Gruhn. He recalls, “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. 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 Eric Clapton 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.

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 Eric Clapton.

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