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Amps and stage set-up: the past

In his first band, The Roosters, Eric Clapton played a double cutaway Kay through a Selmer Futurama III Amplifier. During his tenure with the Yardbirds, Eric played a Fender Telecaster through a Vox AC-30 amplifier. While in John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Eric played a 1960 model Les Paul Standard through......

Guitar Strings: What kind does Eric use?

For his electric guitars, Eric uses Ernie Ball .10 to .46 gauge strings. The action is set low. For acoustic guitars, Martin & Co. light gauge .12 to .54 phosphor bronze strings are used. The type of strings used on his resonator guitars (dobros) is unknown. In the summer of......

Effects Pedals: What does Eric use?

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Clapton went through a period where he had a massive effects rack at his disposal. Of the effects available to him, Clapton only used the tri-stereo chorus. Through the 2004 solo tour, Eric used a tri-stereo chorus (Boss Chorus CE-3), a Leslie pedal,......

Winwood / Clapton: Who's Who in the Band for US Tour

On 11 February, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood announced a 14 city U.S. tour that kicks off 10 June in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The tour follows their collaboration at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July 2007 and three concerts at Madison Square Garden in February 2008. These shows were acclaimed by fans and critics alike. Double-disc DVD and CD sets recorded at the Madison Square Garden concerts are expected later this spring. The Winwood / Clapton 2009 performances will certainly be amongst the "must see" shows of the U.S. summer concert season. Eric and Steve will be joined on stage by Chris Stainton (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass) and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums). ...

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