24 June 1999
A late 19th century Salvador Ibanez
labelled Fabrica de Guitarras de Salvador Ibanez, Bajada Sn.Francisco 23, Valencia, in natural finish, rosewood body, spruce top, binding and rosette with ornate chevron-pattern mother-of-pearl inlays, mahogany neck, eighteen fret ebony fingerboard, slotted headstock with center-stripe inlay, rosewood tie block bridge with inlays; and a black hardshell contour case with green plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten tie-on label Salvadore Ibanez Gutstring (Pearl Inlays) 3 and adhesive paper label similarly inscribed
Eric Clapton commented that this guitar has "..a great sound.." and that he kept it as "...a dressing room guitar...". Lee Dickson recalled that Clapton had this guitar for a long time and that he took it to the dressing room at The Royal Albert Hall for Clapton during one of his seasons there in the 1990s.
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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.67
In a recent interview with Neville Marten for Guitarist, Lee Dickson said of this guitar "...I cleaned it up one day at the Albert Hall because Eric often likes a gut string guitar to warm up with, and left it in his dressing room for a couple of weeks. He really liked it and played it and it's been on the sessions for a couple of records."
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