EC: ..This was probably the first..proper..classical guitar...that I ever bought.
LD to EC: This is what I call the beginning of your gut string period - when you got more into gut strings. You and Andy [Fairweather Low] went shopping to the London Guitar Studio and you bought a few instruments...it's got a microphone pickup in it. ...So this is one we experimented with, with a mike...It was one of the first gut strings that you bought. Until you got this, you only had that one Alvarez [lot 29]
KK to EC: What lead you to start using classical guitars?
EC: Love of music. Love of flamenco. Also the way that gut string guitars had sounded in jazz with Charlie Byrd and people like that. The ...idea of bringing that sound or playing blues on a gut string guitar is quite an interesting experiment...so just experimentation.
MF: It's interesting that...the guitar itself is used for experimentation...and that..guitars [in your collection] may be bought for that purpose...as a stepping stone to...ultimately be used in a studio context.
CW: Did this guitar ever go on stage?
LD: I think... once. When you use a gut string in a studio you have the advantage of silence and the extended microphone, which can't really be duplicated live. Eric was always loathe to have anything done to these guitars...to have pickups put in or holes drilled in them because it was sacrilegious...