Eric Clapton's 1964 Gibson Firebird I guitar, made famous during his years with Cream, is being reproduced with the legendary model available now for pre-sale now. The guitar, which sells for $7,999, will be sold through Guitar Center and on GuitarCenter.com in the United States as well — as through select International Gibson dealers.
Clapton said in a statement announcing the reproduction: “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.”
According to the announcement, “Every Eric Clapton 1964 Firebird I guitar is outfitted with a newly-developed Alnico V Firebird pickup to recapture the scorching output and searing tones of the original. Each 1964 Firebird I will also feature an Eric Clapton signed backplate, a replica of the strap he used, a reproduction of the guitar's original case, a Certificate of Authenticity booklet and more.”
The release of the Gibson Eric Clapton Firebird I will launch simultaneously with the 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, which is set for September 20th and 21st. At the festival, the limited-edition guitar will be displayed in the Guitar Center Village alongside the Gibson ES-335 guitar used by Clapton on numerous landmark recordings — including Robert Johnson's legendary song, Cream classic, and festival namesake, “Crossroads.”
Eric Clapton told us that the adulation he's received for his guitar playing throughout the years has also been embarrassing for him at times: “In terms of my guitar playing, yeah, I just thought it was all blown out of proportion. Y'know, I never saw myself as being that much better than anybody, really. I mean, I just saw myself as being another guitar player who knew a little bit about, y'know, the history of it all. I didn't ever really see myself as being particularly gifted, so it was very difficult to absorb all that kind of early adulation.”