Nearly 300 pieces from Eric Clapton's personal collection – guitars, amps, and other pieces of musical equipment – are presented with loving detail in Six-String Stories, a stunning new limited-edition tome from Genesis Publications.
Many of the guitars documented in the book have achieved iconic status via landmark recordings, most notably a trio of Holy Grail axes: Brownie, Clapton's 1956 Fender Stratocaster; Blackie, his composite Strat built from parts of 1956 and '57 models; and the 1964 ES-335 first heard during Eric's Yardbirds days. All have gone on to serve perhaps a greater purpose in their later years, as the guitarist has sold them (for record prices at their time of sale) in three auctions, from 1999-2011, to benefit the Crossroads Centre, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Antigua that Clapton founded in 1997.
Using Clapton’s own words, along with background information and gorgeous photography, the instruments are presented in chronological order, serving as a visual and editorial history of the guitarist's incredible career. Six-String Stories is presented as a 2,000 piece limited-edition with each copy signed by Eric Clapton, hand-bound in cherry red leather to match Clapton’s famous Gibson ES-335, with gold and silver blocking, housed in a silk-screened buckram slipcase. The book's 376 pages are edged in gold.
"One by one these guitars were the chapters of my life," Clapton says. "They belong to a very well-loved family."
Six-String Stories can be purchased at this link from Genesis Publications. On the following pages, we are proud to present excerpts of the book, 12 guitars that have made magic in the hands of Eric Clapton.