Eric Clapton‘s legendary Firebird guitar is among the most regarded in rock and roll history (as are Gibson guitars in general, having inspired the likes of Slash and many other guitarists) and on Tuesday Gibson Guitars world premiered a new line of guitars crafted in honor of the iconic axe used by the guitar icon in the 1960s and ’70s.
Via Gibson’s news release:
Eric Clapton’s use of a Gibson Firebird I in the 1960s and 70s represents some of the most inspired, fiery, and influential playing of his legendary career. Though he had previously played a Les Paul, ES-335, and SG, it’s the 1964 Firebird I that Eric remembers as being truly outstanding.
“I remember one night in particular with the Firebird…it was a Cream show in Philadelphia and it was one of the greatest gigs I ever played.”
This recreation of the Firebird is a new limited-run issue from Gibson, with a running price of $7,999 — so it’s not for everyone. It’s for the dedicated. More:
Gibson Custom Shop is proud to present this limited-edition reissue of Clapton’s famous Firebird, made using authentic construction methods and precise dimensions scanned from vintage 1964 Firebird models. Each is outfitted with a newly-developed Alnico V Firebird pickup to recapture the scorching output and searing tones of the original. And each features an Eric Clapton signed backplate, a replica of the strap he used, a replica of the guitar’s original case, a Certificate of Authenticity booklet, and more. Fifty (50) Eric Clapton Firebird models will be sold through Guitar Center in the United States and another fifty (50) will be sold through select International Gibson dealers.
The Eric Clapton Firebird I will be on display at Clapton’s upcoming Crossroads Guitar Festival, which is set for September 20-21 in Texas, where it will be presented alongside the Gibson ES-335 guitar the legend used in studio sessions through the years.
As for on-sale opportunities:
A pre-sale will officially begin on August 20, all Gibson Eric Clapton 1964 Firebird I guitars will be sold through Guitar Center and on GuitarCenter.com in the United States as well as through select International Gibson dealers, visit www.gibson.com for further details.