24 June 1999
A 1990s Beltona Tri-cone
Serial No. T028, in nickel finish, metal body, three internal resonating cones with triangular-shaped cover plate with trapezoid mesh grills and T-shaped hand rest, upper bout lattice-work sound-holes, black painted neck, nineteen fret bound ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, slotted headstock with imitation mother-of-pearl facing, wooden bridge and metal tailpiece; and a black hardshell contour case with red plush lining and Lee Dickson's adhesive paper label Beltona -Tri Cone Chrome - i
Eric Clapton said that he used this guitar on the Blues Tour, 1994. According to Lee Dickson, Eric Clapton purchased this guitar from Charlie Chandler when he was at Olympic Studios, London, during the recording sessions for the From The Cradle album.
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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.82
In a recent interview with Neville Marten for Guitarist Lee Dickson said of this guitar "...during the blues album Eric wanted to try a metal-bodied resonator because he didn't like the sound of his own. We tried out a German reissue model, the name of which escapes me, a reissue National and this Beltona, which we got from Charlie Chandler, and it passed the test. That was used on the blues album..."
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