Did you know "the electronic guitar is often dismissed as nothing but a jangling noise machine incapable of subtlety or delicacy"?
Neither did I – until I saw this 1968 video of Eric Clapton sitting peacefully on stage prior to a Cream show as bassist Jack Bruce looks on.
Of course, Clapton doesn't utter these awesomely corny words. That job is left to the very square-sounding narrator of the classic clip, who introduces Clapton's quick "How to Use a Gibson SG to Get the Classic Clapton Tone" lesson.
Apparently, the SG has "four primary controls: controls for volume and controls for tone quality." Luckily, Clapton takes it from there, as he explains what each knob does and then goes on to play some very Cream-era-Clapton-sounding licks. First he gets something resembling his trademark "woman tone" before he turns up the treble.
But it gets even better. Clapton then engages his wah-wah pedal and plays a few more licks before carefully explaining – and demonstrating – his "woman" tone at 2:05.
In the clip, Clapton is playing his now-famous 1964 Gibson SG, better known as 'The Fool' because it was painted for him by a Dutch design collective of the same name.
Fans should note that there's another version of this video that includes bits of Cream's performance from that night, but this clip is pure Clapton and his guitar, and it's pure gold.
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