Admired for being one of the all-time great living guitarists, singers and songwriters and for his extraordinary influence on musicians around the world for over 50 years, the legendary rock ‘n’ roll icon Eric Clapton who’s also well-known amongst his peers for being a great musical collaborator, notably commissioned Guitar Center to create a collection of guitars from the prestigious manufacturers like Gibson, Martin, and Fender which earlier unveiled EC Series Eric Clapton amplifiers, to celebrate his upcoming Crossroads Festival. And as a result, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer Guitar Center which has also co-sponsored each of Eric Clapton’s four Crossroads Guitar Festivals and has been a strong supporter of the Crossroads Centre charity, has now launched the limited-edition Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection, which impressively features five Eric Clapton tribute, luxury replica and 000-sized signature guitars, including a replica Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster guitar, Gibson Harrison-Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul, and Eric Clapton Signature Martin 000-28 and 000-45 models, as well as Eric Clapton “Crossroads” guitar straps from Ernie Ball. Notably, the proceeds from the sale of each of the guitar in this one-of-a-kind collection, developed drawing inspiration from the guitars used by Clapton at pivotal points throughout his iconic career, will be donated to benefit Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre.
Described to be the result of significant history between the renowned guitarist who has been inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times and the retailer, the unique Crossroads Guitar Collection includes 2 tribute replica guitars and 3 new Eric Clapton signature guitars that will launch in conjunction with Clapton’s upcoming U.S. tour and Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster
Offered in a limited edition of 50 domestic and 50 guitars worldwide, this Eric Clapton ‘Brownie’ Tribute Stratocaster guitar has been developed in reference to the Brownie or ‘Layla Stratocaster’ which was famously featured on the back cover of that pivotal album, and was the first ever Strat owned by Eric, purchased in May 1967.
Gibson Harrison-Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul
Owned by Clapton and then given to his best friend George Harrison who soon nicknamed it ‘Lucy’, this particular guitar created in collaboration with George Harrison Estate and Clapton, will be made available in America exclusively through Guitar Center in March/April 2013, coinciding with the 2013 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival, in a limited-edition of 100 guitars worldwide.
Martin Eric Clapton “Crossroads” Signature Guitars
Hand-crafted to Eric Clapton’s personal specification by the C.F. Martin Custom Shop, the exquisite Martin Eric Clapton “Crossroads” Signature Guitars, limited to three pieces, are based on the legendary 14 fret 000 body style first introduced in 1934.
Martin 000-28EC “Crossroads” Madagascar Rosewood – Price $5,999
Martin 000-45EC “Crossroads” Madagascar Rosewood – Price $12,999
Martin 000-45EC “Crossroads” Brazilian Rosewood – Price $49,999
Speaking about this most expensive guitar in the collection, it's limited to just 12 units in USA and 6 guitars maximum for rest of the world.
The Martin 000-45EC “Crossroads” Brazilian Rosewood guitar boasts Brazilian Rosewood back & sides, Eric Clapton signature inlaid between 19th and 20th frets, a “Crossroads” symbol inlaid in Mother Of Pearl into both ends of bridge, Style 45 Snowflake Inlays, grained Ivoroid binding, along with custom Eric Clapton "Crossroads" case and strap