“One of the most influential sounds in rock history”: Eric Clapton’s iconic ‘Fool’ Gibson SG, which was key to his trademark ‘woman tone’, has emerged – and it’s going up for auction

Eric Clapton 'The Fool' Gibson SG
(Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images / Julien's Auctions)

Eric Clapton’s ‘The Fool’ Gibson SG – one of Slowhand’s most iconic electric guitars – is set to be sold at auction later this year.

It is without a doubt one of the biggest box office guitar auctions of 2023, not only because of its close historic association with Clapton, but because of the role this particular SG played in cultivating his famed “woman tone”.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.