This Guy Got to Play Eric Clapton’s Strat with One of Van Halen’s Picks
Guitar player and YouTuber, Tyler Larson aka Music Is Win, got the opportunity of a lifetime when he was given the chance to play Eric Clapton’s legendary 1954 sunburst Fender Stratocaster using one of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar picks.
According to the auction description:
Clapton acquired this rare non-tremelo 1954 Stratocaster in 1978-79 and for the next five years it became his main stage slide guitar which he also used in the recording studio. The letters “TG” on the neck-butt are the initials of Tadeo Gomez, a Fender employee who was responsible for shaping the neck, the digits 9-54 indicate the month and the year (September, 1954) the neck was completed.
This truly incredible guitar comes with impeccable provenance, including a signed typescript letter from Lee Dickson, Clapton’s guitar technician from 1979 to the present day in which he describes in detail his fond memories for this guitar – stating that Clapton used it exclusively for slide, that it was the only non-tremelo that Clapton had, and that Clapton particularly liked it because of the year 1954 – the year of the Strat.