Wanna Sound Like Eric Clapton? Here’s How…
Well, we’ve written so much about Eric Clapton, and here’s some suggestion to try and get a similar sound to Eric Clapton’s…but of course, there’s only one “god”…you can wish, though…
Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds:
Simple. Get a classic style (3-saddle bridge!) Fender Telecaster and a Vox Ac-30. That’ll do the job very nicely. Just get a copy of “Five Live Yardbirds” and practice away! If budget is an issue try a Squier Telecaster and Vox AD30 VT and the results shouldn’t be anything to be ashamed of.
Eric Clapton in the Bluesbreakers:
Easy: Get a good Les Paul (Gibson Custom Les Paul Standard 1958 reissue…or settle for a cheaper Epiphone) a treble booster pedal, such as the Homebrew Germania, or the Germania 4, two of the best Dallas Rangemaster clones out there…
As for amps, the obvious choice is a Marshall Bluesbreaker. Failing that, try a Line 6 Flextone 6 – has a similar design to the Bluesbreaker, and you can get a Marshall JTM-45 + 4×12 Marshall Cab combination, another setup he used with the Bluesbreakers. Using the Marshall BB-2 Bluesbreaker pedal could also be a good option.
Eric Clapton in Cream:
Quite a few different guitars were used by Clapton in Cream, so you have a wide range to choose from. Apart from th eLes Pauls mentioned before, you could go for a red ES-335, or the new Vintage SG-style “The Fool” guitar, which is quite ace!
For amps, it’s gotta be a Marshall Stack. He used a JTM-100, but you could also try a new 100w head such as the Marshall MG100HDFX.
And after all that…Eric Clapton went on to even greater fame, but we won’t go into those years. In the 60’s – those were the days, when he earned his “God” nickname, the year that made him a legend!
For more details on Clapton gear, here’s a few links, though.
And, before forget – there’s always the Digitech Eric Clapton Crossroads pedal, which captures some of his most famous tones in one single box. View Pedal