Details
A c.1975 Fender Telecaster
Serial No. 635063, in translucent blonde finish, body with single cutaway, maple neck with skunk-stripe routing, twenty-one fret fingerboard with dot inlays, two pickups, two rotary controls, selector switch, bridge baseplate with three adjustable saddles and white pickguard; and a black rectangular hardshell case with orange plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten tie-on label Tele - Cream - Blonde 35063 and adhesive paper label similarly inscribed; case containing a floral strap

Eric Clapton said that Telecasters "never featured strongly in his live stuff.." He also commented that this guitar would have been used on his album, From The Cradle.
Fender Tele/Blonde
Literature
MARTEN, Neville Would You Buy A Used Guitar From This Man? Article in Guitarist, 15th Anniversary Special, Clapton Issue, June 1999, p.87

Lot Essay

This guitar is probably the Telecaster that Clapton used on his second tour of Japan in October/November 1975. Clapton said of this Telecaster in an interview with the Japanese Music Life magazine during the tour, that it had originally been bought for him by a friend for rehearsals in the Bahamas just before the Japan tour.

In a recent interview with Neville Marten for Guitarist Lee Dickson said of this Tele "...there's a white one too, which I think was used on 'From The Cradle'. Eric will often fancy playing something different in the studio and will ask me to bring in a Tele or something...

The stage-shot illustrated was taken at Budokan, Tokyo, November 2, 1975.
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