24 June 1999
A c.1930 Gibson L-4
with internal number 199A, in sunburst finish, mahogany body, spruce top with round soundhole, mahogany neck, nineteen-fret bound ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, headstock face with pointed motif inlay, wooden bridge, metal tailpiece and black pickguard; and a black hardshell contour case with burgundy velvet lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten tie-on label Gibson L4 99A and adhesive paper label similarly inscribed
The Gibson L-4 was introduced in 1912.
Eric Clapton remarked that this Gibson is "Important" and "very personal" to him. He has owned this guitar for a long time - at least twenty years. He said that he particularly loves it's sound and the look of it - its cello shape and round soundhole. Clapton kept this guitar for writing and playing on at home, rather than as a studio or road guitar.
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