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Eric Clapton Playing his BC Rich Seagull.
Bernie Rico Sr. told me the story of when this picture appeared in a BC Rich Advertisement in 1976, Fender went ballistic and threatened to sue all concerned parties. BC Rich being a small company didn't fight the Mighty "F".
Eric is only seen these days playing a Fender. My Fender rep told me that Eric Clapton receives a $100.00 royalty on every single Eric Clapton Strat sold. (This was back in 1994)
I met Eric Clapton in 1970 at a Derek & The Dominoes gig. He gave me a 4 foot autographed poster of him playing a Guild Guitar.
I will always remember Eric Clapton as my very first guitar hero, back when he played with John Mayall and then with Cream. I will always remember the Psychedelic SG he played and the inspiration it gave me to build custom guitars.
It's too bad Eric mellowed out so much, I am barely a fan these days. He just went too whitebread for me. Ironically the reason he left the Yardbirds in the first place was that he wanted to do something heavier.