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Guitar Center Introduces Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection Featuring Five Limited, Signature and Replica Models

Guitar Center has done the unlikely. The world’s largest musical-instrument retailer rounded up three heavyweights — Fender, Gibson and Martin — to honor another heavyweight, Eric Clapton, and his iconic guitars.

Guitar Center introduced the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection Tuesday morning at its 14th Street location in New York City. The limited-edition collection features five Clapton tribute, replica and signature guitars, all of which will be available in North America at Guitar Center stores and at GuitarCenter.com (opens in new tab) starting March 21.

The collection includes a replica Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster, a Gibson George Harrison-Eric Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul and Eric Clapton Signature Martin 000-28 and 000-45 models, plus Eric Clapton “Crossroads” guitar straps by Ernie Ball.

Proceeds from the sale of each guitar will benefit Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which was created to provide treatment and education to chemically dependent people. "The motive behind the making of the guitar is 100 percent right," Clapton said. "They are beautiful guitars; from the inlays to the rosewood they are unique from one another. One would be inclined to take care of and be in awe of them.”

Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster

Best known as the “Layla Stratocaster” and featured on the back cover of that pivotal album, “Brownie” was the first Strat ever owned by Clapton, purchased in May 1967. The 2-Color Sunburst guitar has a heavily worn maple neck, dated from 6-56, and was first seen in Clapton’s hands bolted to a Telecaster body during Blind Faith.

For more information about the Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster, including MSRP, a video and a photo gallery, head here.

Gibson George Harrison-Eric Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul

Owned by Clapton and then given to George Harrison, who nicknamed it “Lucy," the George Harrison-Eric Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul has an awesome pedigree. At the invitation of Harrison, Clapton played the cherry red LP on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Played by Harrison on the White Album and Let It Be, the guitar can be seen in the Let It Be film and the promo clip for "Revolution."

For more information about the Gibson George Harrison-Eric Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul, including MSRP, a video and a photo gallery, head here.

Martin Eric Clapton “Crossroads” Signature Guitars

  • Martin 000-28EC “Crossroads” Madagascar Rosewood
  • Martin 000-45EC “Crossroads” Madagascar Rosewood
  • Martin 000-45EC “Crossroads” Brazilian Rosewood

Based on the 14-fret 000 body style first introduced in 1934, these guitars are uniquely appointed with “Crossroads” pearl inlays and bear the personal, hand-written signatures of Clapton and Chris Martin on the Certificate Of Authenticity and sound hole label.

For more information about the Martin Eric Clapton “Crossroads” Signature Guitars, including MSRP, a video and a photo gallery, head here.

Ernie Ball Crossroads Collection Straps

Ernie Ball's Crossroads Collection Straps feature premium Italian leather and hand-stitched threading for maximum appeal. Putting a primary on performance and comfort, these straps also feature a thin layer of padding and and an ultra-rich suede back. These limited edition straps are a must have for any Clapton aficionado, or any guitar player seeking a high-quality strap that's built to last.

For more information on the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection, visit guitarcenter.com/Clapton. (opens in new tab)

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab) (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.