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Eric Clapton and his telecasters

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Peter77, Nov 29, 2020.

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  1. Peter77

    Peter77 Tele-Holic

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    They actually made him an custom made Tele with No : 0
    I think they called it Fender Telecaster Eric Clapton edition
     
  2. Peter77

    Peter77 Tele-Holic

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    They sold it with thst name or something similar
     
  3. Twinkie

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    Indeed. The manager’s name was Georgio Gomelsky, a rather amusing fellow.

    Beck said the Red, hand me down Telecaster used by Clapton was nothing short of dreadful. Funny how Beck resorts to playing the 59 Tele borrowed from a friend, that later ends up in the hands of Jimmy Page, for short stint before acquiring his 1954 Esquire which he used for the majority of his work with the Yardbirds.

    The Jazzmaster that floated about the Yardbirds was probably just as dreadful as the Red Gomelsky Tele and relegated to Chris Dreja’s rhythm role before he got his ES335. The latter has spawned enough debates to the subject of Clapton’s first ES335. I have to wonder if Clapton and Dreja told Gomelsky the Jazzmaster sucks and get us something else... I suspect Clapton’s use of the Gretsch in that period might be related, but I digress.

    There certainly is a bit of mystery surrounding the guitars that were kicked around in the yardbirds, those that were own by the management and the guitars owned by Clapton and Beck. But what did Clapton own at the point he left the Yardbirds?
     
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    HE PLAYED A TELECASTER ON THE 'FIVE LIVE YARDBIRDS' RECORD-- RECORDED AT THE MARQUEE CLUB-LONDON. LISTEN TO THE 'LOUISE' TRACK--SUPERB--I THINK HE WAS PLAYING A VOX AC 30--PROBABLY ON NEARLY FULL VOLUME. WHICH IS WHAT WAS NEEDED IN THAT CLUB--A TRULY GREAT VENUE.
     
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    I was very interested to read about the Telecaster given to EC by Carl Radle. I met Carl in Tulsa shortly before he passed away. My wife was best friends with a woman who was dating Dick Sims, keyboardist for Clapton's band during the Slowhand and 461 Ocean Blvd era. We had dinner at our house one evening, and our friend asked if she could bring over a couple of friends. She brought Dick Sims and Carl Radle to dinner. Normally when I get together with musicians I'll whip out my guitar and try to work up a jam. At the time I had a nice Gretsch Country Gentleman. As a marginal talent, there was no way I was going to embarrass myself. The Country Gentleman stayed in the closet.
     
  6. Peter77

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    Unfortunately this is the only thing I know about the guitar
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  7. Ritchie Rooster

    Ritchie Rooster Tele-Meister

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    So many of the "Clapton is God" things in history. We have to realize that he was still learning his craft then! He was still learning when Delany Bramlett got him singing!
     
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    I'm pretty sure I bought Carl Radle's Music Man StingRay in Austin in 1987 or '88. Natural finish ash body/maple neck with white pickup (white was a pretty uncommon color). Neck was early '77, body was late '76, so that put it in the second 6 months of overall production. Sold it a few years ago. That ash body was getting too heavy for my back. :confused:
     
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    I'm straying off topic, but all you need to know about the early Eric Clapton is summed up in the live version of "Cross Roads" (Wheels of Fire album, live at the Fillmore circa 1968), whether it's playing or singing. What a great version of that song! :)

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    My first amp! And I still have it! :)

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    gettyimages-85003955-1024x1024.jpg Looks like a late 60's headstock.
     

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    Looks like a Jazzmaster
     

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    My version of his furry tele era. New tele.jpg
     
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    i love those pictures of clapton from the '70s when he was drinking heavy and looks all beat to hell. the tele just adds to the allure. rock and roll.
     
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    What did Clapton own when he left the Yardbirds? If you asked him, probably he still owned his integrity, as he did not approve of the pop direction the 'birds were going. :lol:

    But in all seriousness, thanks for clarifying that! Makes me wonder what was so dreadful about the red Gomelsky Tele. I can see Clapton and his compadres not digging the Jazzmaster for their style (especially using lighter strings for bends) but that must've been a really bad pre-CBS Tele for it to be so reviled.
     
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    Probably just needed a good setup.
     
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    He should go back to a Telecaster.
     
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    I’m pretty sure when he left the Yardbirds he had already bought his ES 335.
     
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    This is doubly rare because he notoriously does not like rosewood fretboards on Fender guitars!
     
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    I did pretty well with the Telecaster. Then I had a Gibson ES-335. Then I had a Fender Jazzmaster. Then I had a Fender Jaguar. Then I got another Telecaster. Then I got, I think, my first Les Paul.

    Guitar World magazine, circa 1968
     
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