In an interview with Dan Forte in 1985, Clapton refers to this model as a source of inspiration:
Dan Forte:"If you come across a creative block, and you've had Blackie in your hands for a week, can you pick up another guitar and come up with a new idea?"
Eric Clapton:"Yes, it will happen like that. Usually, it happens with an acoustic guitar or a gut-string or, as was the case with the album [Behind The Sun] the Roland GR-700 [guitar synthesizer]. I got the pedalboard with the memory bank...I got one [guitar] with the old Strat shape, and the electronics are more or less identical. And that inspired me, just picking it up and playing a chord...."
The stage-shot illustrated shows Eric Clapton playing this Roland during the Behind The Sun Tour, at Erwin Events Center, Austin, Texas, April 11, 1985.