EC:..That guitar has a deep association for me..it's ..as important to me as the guitar in the last auction that had a sticker on [ex-lot 96, Crossroads/Clapton 1999 auction].
LD: The Rodeo Man.
EC: In fact, much more so...I used this ALL through the '70s on stage...from the time that I was doing 461..and taking that [461 Ocean Boulevard] material on stage, it's incredibly well used.
CW: Did it have the inlays before you had it?
EC: I bought it from GTR and it had been upgraded already...I bought that when I was doing the Johnny Cash show in 1970...It's a great guitar...a star guitar.
LD: ....It's a stunning, stunning piece...
Eric Clapton and Lee Dickson refer to this guitar as 'The Longworth', after Mike Longworth, a custom builder and the historian for C.F. Martin and Company. Before his employment at Martin, Mike was a guitar maker in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he specialized in pearl inlay work and early models of Martin guitars. He signed this guitar with his initial 'L' inlayed at the end of the fingerboard.