London, South Kensington
26 September 2000
A Godin L.R. Baggs Model Guitar/Eric Clapton
Serial No. 4966, in black finish, telecaster shaped body with single cutaway and white binding, maple neck, twenty-two fret fingerboard with dot inlays, control plate with four slide controls, wooden pin bridge, concealed pickup; and a black rectangular hardshell case with black plush lining and Lee Dickson's adhesive paper label Godin black ac/tele #4966; accompanied by a hand-written letter from Lee Dickson, Eric Clapton's guitar technician, stating that this guitar ...has been the property of Eric Clapton for the past nine years...The guitar came to us from Godin via Phil Palmer (former E.C. band member), who used them live with E.C. circa late 80s... (2)
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EDSER, Tony (ed.), Waiting For Godin?, Article in Where's Eric!, Issue 26, 1999
Phil Palmer started touring with Eric Clapton at the beginning of the European Tour in July 1989 and played with him on stage during the Royal Albert Hall Concerts in 1991. Godin supplied Palmer with guitars at that time and they presented Clapton with this guitar via Phil Palmer. The vendor purchased this guitar at a charity auction held on the occasion of a charity cricket match to mark the 250th Anniversary of Ripley Cricket Club, Surrey. Apparently, Clapton was due to play in the match but was unable to attend as it coincided with the Crossroads concert at Madison Square Garden so he donated this guitar instead.
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