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In October 1963 Clapton joined The Yardbirds, and stayed with them until March 1965.Influenced by guitarists like Buddy Guy, Freddie King, and B. King, Clapton developed a distinctive style and rapidly became one of the most talked about guitarists in the British music scene. During this time, Clapton really began to develop as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Their hits include “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room” and “Crossroads”.The Gibson ES-335 was purchased only after he had made some money playing with the Yardbirds (more about this in the ES-335 section) I had a Telecaster in The Yardbirds from day one.I used light-gauge strings, with a very thin first string, which made it easier to bend the notes, and it was not uncommon, during frenetic bits of playing, for me to break at least one string.

According to Eric, he received this guitar as a gift from his grandmother: The Kay was the guitar that my grandmother bought me on the “hire-purchase” scheme.(Jeff Beck:) We were on the road constantly and I didn’t even have my own guitar.I [initially] used Eric’s red Tele, which I think belonged to the Yardbirds.Eric Patrick Clapton was born on March 30, 1945 in Surrey, England.Being the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is ranked among the greatest rock and roll guitarists of all time (he ranked 2nd on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and 4th in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time).

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