Essential Listening: 14 Addictive Guitar Tones That'll Have You Crying Out for More
“Sunshine of Your Love,” Cream (Eric Clapton)
Clapton’s tone on his solo in Cream’s 1967 breakout hit “Sunshine of Your Love” was so unique, so unlike anything else on the charts at the time, it demanded a name. He called it his “woman tone." Clapton used it throughout his tenure in Cream, and fans always love and give each other a wink when he’s pulled it out since.
Any player will tell you the woman tone is as simple as putting an SG in the neck pickup, turning the volume all the way up and the tone all the way down. But it’s not. The woman tone is as much in Clapton’s hands and attack as anything else, and this track is the perfect example of how hard it is to replicate.
Here's a clip of Clapton demonstrating his woman tone for a BBC film crew (on his psychedelic “Fool” SG):