24 June 1999
A 1982 Gibson Chet Atkins Standard
Serial No. A064, in natural finish, mahogany body with single round cutaway, spruce top with round soundhole, mahogany neck, nineteen fret rosewood fingerboard, slotted headstock, wooden tie block bridge with transducer pickup, two upper bout roller controls; and a rectangular brown hardshell case with green plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten tie-on label E.C. Chet Atkins Gutstring A064 and adhesive paper label similarly inscribed
The Gibson Chet Atkins Standard model was introduced in 1982.
Eric Clapton played this guitar on stage in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Gibson Chet Atkins Standard/Natural
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MARTEN, Neville Would You Buy A Used Guitar From This Man? Article in Guitarist, 15th Anniversary Special, Clapton Issue, June, 1999, p.67
This guitar was apparently used for a stage rendition of Blind Faith's Can't Find My Way Home featuring Nathan East on lead vocal during the late '80s/early '90s concerts.
In a recent interview with Neville Marten for Guitarist, Lee Dickson said "Eric used to use the Chet Atkins guitars quite a lot when he needed a gut-string for stage use..."
This guitar is also pictured in the Terry O'Neill backstage shot on p.79.
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