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 FX pedals, keep it simple with a classic red Fuzz Face and a Vox Wah – or the new, Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Signature Wah with its vintage specs could be a great option, instead.

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.

Fender’s Players Club .pdf

Cream Gear 2005

Clapton gear FAQ

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


~ by dolphinblog on October 12, 2007.

2 Responses to “Wanna Sound Like Eric Clapton? Here’s How…”

  1. Ofcourse the practice part is also the one that’ll keep returning everytime you have the gear part down…


  2. The best instruments for me are Gibson Les Paul Customs, the feel of the short scales neck is just right for me, its fast and easy to get around the neck unlike some larger scaled fenders, Pure Gibson Class ! I love em.

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