24 June 1999
A c.1980 Santa Cruz F-13
in sunburst finish, bound maple body, spruce top, mahogany neck, twenty-one fret bound ebony fingerboard with indented diamond-shaped inlays, headstock with scgc motif, ebony pin bridge and imitation tortoise-shell pickguard; and a black hardshell contour case with black plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten tie-on label Santa Cruz Tob-S/Burst .13 and adhesive paper label similarly inscribed
Eric Clapton appears to have kept this guitar as one of his "Home Guitars". He is photographed playing it at home in a shot taken by Pattie Clapton in 1984. This guitar was apparently custom built for Eric Clapton and loaned to Albert Lee for a period.
Santa Cruz F-13/Sunburst
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FORTE, Dan The Interview - Eric Clapton, in Guitar Player, GPI Collectors Edition, Summer, 1986, p.22
In an interview with Dan Forte, Clapton mentions this model of guitar: "...generally...I don't play the electric much at home. I usually play this acoustic - I got it from the Santa Cruz Guitar Company - because it's got a nice sound..."
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