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Seller notes: Brand new, boxed and unread condition.
Format: Fine Binding Subject: Auto & Biography
Language: English Sub-Subject: Popular Music
Special Attributes: 1st Edition, Signed Printing Year: 2012
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Opened and admired before being put straight into storage this is a great chance for you to own one of only 350 copies from the Deluxe run of this limited publication. A must for all collectors, investors and enthusiasts alike this leather bound book, gilded in gold leaf with its buckram covered, felt lined solander case are boxed and new having only been opened to be checked upon arrival. The book has been signed personally by Eric Clapton and comes with with a fine art print showing a sketch by Eric too. I will also be including some rare promotional material for SIX-STRING STORIES within this lot.

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Deluxe copies of SIX-STRING STORIES are numbered 1 to 350 and signed by Eric Clapton. The hand-crafted binding is inspired by the book's content. The wooden cover is imprinted with the silhouettes of different instruments and varnished to match Clapton's signature model Martin guitars. Quarter bound with a black leather spine, the book's 376 pages are edged in gold. The title is silk-screened onto a buckram-covered solander box in the style of the 'Cream' and 'Derek and The Dominos' stencils that brand Clapton's early guitar cases. Inside, a black felt lining protects the book.

'I was so pleased to see the sketch, I'd completely forgotten about it... Robert Johnson is the most important influence I've had in my life and always will be.' Eric Clapton

Exclusive to the Deluxe box set, a hand-drawn sketch by Eric Clapton is reproduced as a fine art print suitable for framing (8.5" x 11" Giclée print onto Hahnemühle German Etching paper). Created during the making of Me and Mr. Johnson and sourced from Clapton's archives, this print is only available with SIX-STRING STORIES, numbered 1-350 to match your book and embossed with Eric's signature.


   'One by one these guitars were the chapters of my life.' Eric Clapton

Beginning with his blues roots and early days, Clapton's signed limited edition documents his entire career through the tools of his trade: his guitars. SIX-STRING STORIES is told through Clapton's own words, with background information for each instrument and archival photography spanning five decades.

'They belong to a very well-loved family.' Eric Clapton

Nearly 300 pieces from Clapton's collection, sold across three Crossroads auctions, are brought together here for the very first time. SIX-STRING STORIES presents a 'family tree', making connections between Clapton's instruments and amps, and placing them in the chronology of his career.







'As an avid rock or blues fan I would look at all the pictures in this book.' Eric Clapton

Every piece has been photographed, showing the beauty of the design and the wear and tear often caused by years on the road.

The instruments are also shown in play, with performance shots of Clapton taken by over 80 of the world's best photographers, including David Bailey, Terry O'Neill, Dominique Tarlé and Lord Snowdon. See Clapton's evolution from the psychedelic sixties, through the stripped-back seventies, electric eighties and unplugged nineties, right up to the 2011 Crossroads auction.










'These guitars have been really good tools; they're not just museum pieces. They all have a soul and they all come alive.' Eric Clapton

Eric recalls the instruments he bought to emulate his heroes, the guitars with unknown origins that became their own legend, the ones that never left his side, and the legacy they left behind.

You can see and hear the guitars in use, with playlists and concert dates accompanying the instruments used on records and at public appearances. Our 50-year documentation of Clapton's performance history, included within the book, allows you to further reference the guitars against Clapton's life's work. 

Historical and technical information is provided for every piece of Clapton's vast collection to complete the story behind each guitar.



'These books are milestones.' Eric Clapton

20 years since the first collaboration between Eric Clapton and Genesis, we are honoured to present the definitive collection of his guitars.

24 NIGHTS and LIVE IN JAPAN (now both sold-out and highly sought after editions) have both captured significant periods in Clapton's life; SIX-STRING STORIES spans his entire career to date.


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