Yarbirds era Clapton playing Gretsch

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by T Bone, Oct 31, 2020.

  1. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    This may be old news to many, but first I recall seeing Clapton with a Gretsch. Took a photo from the Rocumentary "Rock Legends" Yardbirds episode, shows him with a Gretsch. Thought he was a Telecaster guy back then.

  2. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
  3. MikeSchindler

    MikeSchindler Synchromatic

    Feb 3, 2014
    The influence of The Beatles and their guitars was immense back then.
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  4. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    It was a nice American guitar, very hard to get ahold of at that time in England. I'm sure he was happy to play it.
  5. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    He later had a one pickup Tenny and of course the Annie jr.
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  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    During the Cream era, he played a 335.
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  7. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    I had never seen pictures of him that young before. Pretty amazing how he looks a clean English fellow bound to become a nice teacher or a greedy City banker...
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  8. rze99

    rze99 Gretschie

    Aug 8, 2017
    London, England
    Thanks for posting I had no idea he'd played a Gretsch.
    From what I have read elsewhere (TDPRI posts) the Yardbirds had "band equipment" that players used so it could be the band's not his. That was the case with the Fiesta Read Telecaster, which Clapton did not like.
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  9. BCRatRod73

    BCRatRod73 Gretschie

    Sep 1, 2020
    Pre-Strat Clapton is amazing. He was a beast back then. His Strat tone is unspectacular in comparison IMHO.
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  10. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    This is just about the only Clapton I can handle.
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  11. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    As far as I know, he was terribly unhappy with this Gretsch - too many knobs and switches for him.
    He was good - in my opinion - with a Tele (Yardbirds), a Les Paul (John Mayall, Cream) and ES335 , SG and Firebird (Cream). With the Strat, he became somewhat replaceable, although Blind Faith and the Howlin' Wolf sessions were really good.
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  12. OleDangy

    OleDangy Gretschie

    Oct 23, 2020
    JC Tennessee
    What I came here to say. SG Clapton was a different world from Strat Clapton. And I play a strat a lot! I know he had the 335 and the Les Paul but I always think of the SG. The Fool or whatever it was called.
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  13. BCRatRod73

    BCRatRod73 Gretschie

    Sep 1, 2020
    Think of the British guitar playing greats from the 60s. Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Danny Kirwin, Mick Taylor, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Nigel Tufnell, David St. Hubbins.
  14. OleDangy

    OleDangy Gretschie

    Oct 23, 2020
    JC Tennessee
    I remember when I heard of Peter Green and people were talking about Fleetwood Mac. Not that the Stevie Fleetwood was bad, but I couldn't figure out why Peter Green's Les Paul was for a "guitar hero." Then I heard Peter Green's Fleetwood and holy moly it was amazing. I play my Gretsch for blues and rock and wow is he inspiring.
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  15. BCRatRod73

    BCRatRod73 Gretschie

    Sep 1, 2020
    The interplay between Peter and Danny is amazing on some songs, and Jeremy Spencer’s slide guitar is so good.
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  16. mister rain

    mister rain Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    new orleans
    with you there. cream was okay, but being a fan of vi’s means i listen to jack, not eric
  17. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
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  18. mister rain

    mister rain Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    new orleans
    some people will hate me for this one: sure, he can play guitar - but i wouldn’t let him watch my kids...
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