Eric Clapton’s historic owned, stage played, and studio used “Slowhand” 1954 sunburst Fender Stratocaster electric guitar is up for auction. The rare non-tremolo Sunburst model was Clapton’s main stage slide guitar from 1979 to 1985.
Back in 2004, Eric Clapton’s coveted black Fender Strat electric guitar, “Blackie,” sold at Christies at a then-record-breaking-price of $959,500. This is another historic Clapton-owned and played on and off-stage guitar is set to go up for an auction.
Auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll are offering this magnificent guitar, heavily used by Clapton between 1979 and 1985.
According to the auction house, Clapton first used the Strat to play the opening numbers Tusla Time and Early in the Morning in the setlist for his 1979 tour. The guitar was tuned in open G, “one of his favorite tunings for playing slide”.
Guitar has the letters “TG” which are the initials of Tadeo Garcia, a Fender employee who was responsible for shaping the neck.
This guitar comes with a tweed rectangular hard-shell case with handwritten adhesive paper label reading. The case also includes a strap.
This truly incredible guitar comes with impeccable provenance, including a signed typescript letter from Lee Dickson. Dickson is a Clapton’s guitar technician from 1979 to the present day. In the typescript, he describes in detail his fond memories for this guitar – stating that Clapton used it exclusively for slide. As well as that this was the only non-tremolo that Clapton had and particularly liked it because of the year 1954 – the year of the Strat.
He remembers the tours Clapton used it on and that it always traveled with Clapton’s other beloved guitars “Brownie” and “Blackie”.
The unique guitar is estimated between $1,5 million and $2,0 million. The minimum bid is $1,000,000 and the auction is still open until December 4, 2020. For more information, head to Gotta Have Rock and Roll.