Now at Guitar Center, you can buy five limited-edition guitars developed with Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Carlos Santana. The instruments — dubbed the Crossroads Guitar Collection — are detail-focused recreations and signature models that those iconic musicians played at different points in their careers.
The collection ranges in prices from $7,999 to $12,999 and includes guitars from Fender, Gibson, Martin and Paul Reed Smith. Clapton’s guitars make up the bulk of the collections: A Gibson Custom 1964 Firebird is based off an instrument he bought in Philadelphia and played with Cream and Blind Faith. Another guitar Clapton used with Blind Faith, a 1964 sunburst Telecaster, was recreated by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Todd Krause and includes a recreation of Clapton’s “Brownie” ’56 Strat neck (which was swapped in). The last Clapton guitar in the collection is a Martin Ziricote Auditorium acoustic complete with herringbone pearl inlays, a carbon fiber bridge plate and liquid metal bridge pins.
Mayer’s contribution to the collection is also from Martin. His Cocobolo Parlor guitar is a modified version of Mayer’s signature OO-42 “Stage Coach” and has a Sitka spruce top and a short-scale neck. The collection is rounded out with a PRS guitar — one referencing the first guitars Paul Reed Smith built for Santana. It includes a nitro-finish curly maple top, a 24-fret Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and mini-toggle controlled humbuckers.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each guitar in the collection will be donated to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre Antigua which provides treatment and education to chemically dependent persons. Each guitar is produced in very limited quantities, so if you’re looking an extra-special axe to add to your collection — and you have the money to spare — act fast.
Custom Eric Clapton Crossroads 1964 Firebird I VOS Guitar by Gibson $7,999
0042JM-C John Mayer Crossroads Cocobolo Parlor Guitar by Martin $9,999
Custom Shop Eric Clapton Crossroads Blind Faith Telecaster Guitar by Fender $11,999
Private Stock Carlos Santana I Crossroads 2019 Guitar by PRS $11,999
00042EC-Z Eric Clapton Crossroads Ziricote Auditorium Guitar by Martin $12,999
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