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Gold Plated National & Eric Clapton (cont’d)

 

 

With the benefit of foresight I should have swapped it for the guitar he used to record Layla - what would that be worth now?  But I was committed to the music and an idealist so I said no.

I used the guitar on 1 number in our set and it was tuned to D minor. At least it was tuned to D minor when we had finished the sound check, but when we took to the stage for the concert and started playing 'Take Your Money Go Down The Road' it was completely wrong. I cursed on mike to about 3,000 people that some bastard had been fucking about with my guitar. It was in standard tuning instead of D minor so I retuned it and we carried on with the set and then thought oh yes of course, the bastard was Eric.

About 4 months after the tour, we were rehearsing at Studio 51 when Sam The Roady came in with a guitar he had found in one of the music shops. It was a semi acoustic double cut away Dobro with twin pickups. I have never seen a guitar like that before or since. I tried it out and it sounded great but the only way, I could buy it was to sell the National (which looked great but sounded bad). Gibbo still had Eric’s phone number so I gave him a ring. He explained that after the tour he flew to Nashville and bought three, so he wasn't too bothered about mine. He asked was I selling because I needed the money and if I couldn't sell it to call back in a couple of months. I never called back and sold it about two years later to one of our road crew for 100. I didn't miss the guitar because by this time, I had a steel Dobro just like my buddy Sam Mitchell who made it sound great.

While putting the Brett's new site together, the current owner of the guitar got in touch. When he got the guitar the gold plating was wearing away and the finish was very patchy, so he stripped all the plating off. The gold plated National is no more.
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