24 June 1999
A late 1950s Hofner Club 60
Serial No. 376, in natural finish, bound maple body with single round cutaway, spruce top, maple neck, twenty-two fret bound ebony fingerboard with bow-tie inlays, headstock face with floral motif, two pickups, control plate with two rotary controls and three switches, wooden bridge, metal tailpiece and imitation tortoise-shell pickguard; and a black hardshell contour case with blue plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten adhesive paper label Hofner 76
Eric Clapton said that he was given this guitar as a Christmas present by his manager Roger Forrester in the 1990s. It is a similar model to one of the first guitars that he owned, which he bought from a shop in Surbiton called Bells. Clapton recalled seeing this model as the top of the range guitar in the Hofner catalogue when he was 13 years old.
Hofner Club 60/Natural
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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.84
In a recent interview with Neville Marten for Guitarist Lee Dickson said of this Hofner "...it's a really nice piece. He [Clapton] never used it for live work, but he played it around the house a lot".
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