Guitar Nation 2010: Clapton Guitars To Be Auctioned In 2011 To Be On View 12-14 November

Bonhams in Association with Wallace & Hodgson are pleased to present Exhibits for Guitar Nation, Olympia November 12-14, 2010 from The Eric Clapton Sale of Guitars and Amps in aid of the Crossroads Centre

From 12 – 14 November, a few of the guitars that will be auctioned off in 2011 will be on view at Guitar Nation, Olympia. On Saturday 13th and Sun 14th, Saiichi Sugiyama will give a talk on “Guitars in Clapton Auctions, Past & Future.” For more information about Guitar Nation 2010, please visit Clapton guitars and amps on display will be:

A Fender Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster: Custom built by Fender in 2007 to the exact specs of Eric Clapton’s stage Stratocaster at the time with the addition of Clapton’s printed design of Crossroads Centre’s “Sun” logo, this guitar was one of the 100 built to commemorate the Crossroads Guitar Festival and the proceeds donated to the Centre. This particular guitar has been signed by 22 of the artists who participated in the Crossroads Festival in Chicago, June 26 2010 including: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Albert Lee, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Vaughn, Doyle Bramhall II and Joe Bonamassa. Est. £10,000-12,000

A Fender Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster in Daphne Blue: This guitar was custom built for Eric Clapton and was extensively used on stage as his main guitar during his recent tours including his appearances with Stevie Winwood and Jeff Beck. Est. £15,000-£20,000

A Martin 000-ECHF Bellezza Bianca acoustic guitar: This is the third of the four prototypes built of the model designed by Eric Clapton and a Japanese artist and bearing their initials “EC HF” on the fingerboard. It formed a pair with an all black model Bellezza Nero both of which were used by Clapton for TV and stage appearances from August 2004 around the time of the Robert Johnson tribute album and film. Est. £15,000-£20,000

A Fender Custom Shop Tribute Series Jeff Beck Esquire: A highly detailed replica of Jeff Beck’s 1954 Esquire that the guitarist used in his days with The Yardbirds in the 1960s and subsequently gave to his friend Seymour Duncan, this guitar has been signed and donated by Beck and is accompanied by a photograph of Beck holding the guitar. Est. £3000-£5000

A Minimax “Baby Strat”: This small guitar was a gift to Eric Clapton from Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees in late ‘80s/early ‘90s . Est. £500-£700
A Fender Custom Shop Tweed Twin replica amp: When Clapton’s vintage Fender Twin Amp from the ‘50s began to overheat, John Suhr at Fender Custom Shop hand-built these replicas of his favourite amp for stage use using old parts down to the old pine cabinets. Only four of them were made and Clapton gave one of them to B B King. Clapton has used this amp and its companions as his main stage amps throughout the late 90s to the 2000s including his historic appearance at the Cream reunion shows in 2005. Est. £6000-£8000

A 1980s Music Man 112 RD 50 combo amp: Music Man with its pioneering master volume circuit was Clapton’s choice through the 1970s and early 1980s. This amp was used in Clapton’s first promotional video shot by Godley & Cream of the song Forever Man, Clapton’s first chart success with Warner Bros in 1985, and the enduring image of Blackie leaning against this amp was used on the artwork for Clapton’s 1980s `best’ album, Cream of Eric Clapton. Clapton was also seen playing his Les Paul through this portable amp when he played an after-cricket match party with Stan Webb at Finchley Cricket Club in August 1986. Est. £3000-£5000

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