In October 1963 Clapton joined The Yardbirds, and stayed with them until March 1965.Influenced by guitarists like Buddy Guy, Freddie King, and B. King, Clapton developed a distinctive style and rapidly became one of the most talked about guitarists in the British music scene. During this time, Clapton really began to develop as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Their hits include “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room” and “Crossroads”.Although most of the internet seems to agree that this is indeed a Kay Jazz II model, the fingerboard inlays on Eric’s guitar don’t seem to fit the description.
From my experience, any serial number below V016000 denotes a guitar made at the fullerton plant (1982-1984).
Of course, there are exceptions to this generalization.
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In his autobiography book Eric also talked a bit about the guitar, mentioning that what he was really after was the Gibson ES-335 – which he would acquire later on while playing with the Yardbirds.
A possible explanation is that Fender just had a large box filled with neckplates and thus placed on guitars in a semi-random fashion.
Of course, the box would not contain 10,000 neckplates but rather a couple thousand at the most.
As a general rule of thumb, serial numbers can be used to denote a year range for a particular guitar. As a broad generality V000001-V004000 denote a 1982 guitar, V004000-V010000 denote a 1983 guitar, and V010000-V016000 denotes a 1984 guitar.
A few popular books state that the serial numbers re-started with V0000001 when the new Corona, Ca factory opened. If you look at my fullerton inventory, you can see that this is just a broad generality.
He was influenced by blues from an early age, and practiced long hours to learn the chords of blues music by playing along the records.
He used to record himself playing on his portable Grundig tape recorder, and listening to that over and over until he felt he got it right.
Eric Patrick Clapton was born on March 30, 1945 in Surrey, England.