24 June 1999
A 1987 Guild GF-60NT
Serial No. GF60014, neck block stamped with date JAN 22 1987, in natural finish, bound rosewood body, spruce top, soundhole with herring-bone decoration, mahogany neck, twenty fret bound ebony fingerboard with indented diamond-shaped inlays, headstock face with shield motif, ebony pin bridge and imitation tortoise-shell pickguard; and a black hardshell contour case with black plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten label Guild GF60 F60014 Blonde
Eric Clapton acquired this guitar for collecting rather than playing purposes.
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This guitar is similar to the model Clapton is pictured holding in the illustration. The Guild in this Terry O'Neill shot, used as the frontispiece for the Eric Clapton 25 Years programme, 1988, appears to be its pair.
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