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LOT 92 CHRISTIE’S 1999
EST: ON REQUEST
Serial No: 8 4541
Body: Korina, natural finish
Neck: Korina, 22 frets, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
Headstock: ‘Scimitar’ shape, pearl Gibson logo inlay
Bridge: Gold-plated Tune-o-matic, gold-plated stop tailpiece
Pickguard: White three-ply (white/black/white)
Pickups: Two humbucking with gold-plated covers
Controls: One volume, two tone
Switches: Three-position pickup selector
Additional: Set of single-stripe Kluson Deluxe gold-plated tuners and strap
Case: Black rectangular hardshell case with brown plush lining and handwritten tie-on label ’’58 Gibson Explorer 84541’ and adhesive paper label similarly inscribed The ARMS London Benefit Concert Royal Albert Hall London, UK Sept. 20, 1983 Eric Clapton is playing his Gibson Explorer on stage alongside Bill Wyman.
ERIC: "Obviously the ARMS benefit was a concert I very much wanted to do both on behalf of Ronnie, and on behalf of the Action Research into Multiple Sclerosis Fund. But that didn’t mean I wasn’t nervous. Far from it – I was petrified when we had the first rehearsals. But it rapidly became great fun. It was a delight to work with such a competent bunch of musicians.
"Originally the idea was for everyone to just loosely jam together, but subsequently it was quite rightly decided that everyone involved should do their own little regular sets, with the rest of the band providing the backing. We were all playing together for the first time, and because we were doing it for Ronnie rather than for money, we left our egos at the door and it was great."