Serial No: 376
Body: Laminated maple, hollow, spruce top, bound, single round cutaway, natural finish
Neck: Maple, 22 frets, bound ebony fingerboard with bow-tie inlays
Headstock: Inlaid floral motif
Bridge: Ebony with four saddle slots, nickel-plated brass trapeze tailpiece
Pickguard: Imitation tortoiseshell
Pickups: Two Hofner high-sensitivity black bar single-coil
Controls: Two volume
Switches: Two pickup on/off, rhythm/solo
Case: Black hardshell contour case with blue plush lining and handwritten adhesive paper label ‘Hofner #376’
ERIC: "I remember seeing this model as the top-of-the-range guitar in the Hofner catalogue when I was 13 years old. When I was a little kid they were kind of big. They were rock and roll guitars; everyone wanted a Hofner."
Imported American electric guitars were prohibitively expensive in England during the late 1950s, but instruments made in Europe by companies such as the German Hofner company provided a more affordable, high-quality alternative. George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney all played Hofner Club 40 guitars early in their musical careers; Ritchie Blackmore’s second guitar was a Club 50; and David Gilmour and Justin Hayward both bought the Club 60 – Hofner’s top-of-the-line electric model – during the early 1960s. Clapton’s former manager Roger Forrester gave Eric this Hofner Club 60 as a Christmas present in the 1990s.