Todd Rundgren on the time Eric Clapton let him play his 'Blackie' Strat after he snapped a string

Eric Clapton and Todd Rundgren
(Image credit: Michael Putland / Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Usually, when we break a string on our electric guitar during a jam – and we, erm, forgot to bring a back-up – we spend the next five minutes replacing it while our bandmates impatiently watch on, glancing at their watch and tapping their feet.

For Todd Rundgren, however, breaking a string instead led to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which lends itself to one of the best string-break stories around.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

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.