Eric Clapton – Cream – 1967

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A detailed gear diagram of Eric Clapton's Cream stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his 1967 guitar rig.

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This rig was compiled from various concert photos, live footage, and old magazine interviews. Any additional information and insight is welcomed - and encouraged. While Clapton also played Gibson Les Pauls during his time with Cream (most notably a Gibson Black Beauty, and a sunburst Gibson Les Paul - borrowed from Andy Summers, who later went onto fame with The Police), this rig focuses on a brief moment during late 1967 and the first half of 1968, where the Gibson SG "The Fool" guitar saw a lot of stage time. We are still researching the strings and picks used during this period.

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    7 Comments

    1. dr.nemo dr.nemo says:

      Is JMP100 the same as 1959 superlead or is it a different amp?

    2. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      From what I understand, JMP is a series. Within that series, there were many different 100W amps (Super Lead, Super Bass, Super Tremolo, Super PA with 8 inputs). I’ve revised the diagram to clarify the amplifiers.

    3. AcquiredTaste says:

      The V847 wah didn’t exist in 1967, Clapton used a picture or script wah as best I know.

    4. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      Yeah, it was either a Clyde McCoy or an Italian V846 Wah. Safe bet would be the Clyde – updated.

    5. zedthewizard says:

      Why assume that would be a Vox 847 wah . . . . 845, 848, 846 . . . . ?

      Other than the wah, I heard that Clapton used Marshall Supafuzzes as his only pedal. Wouldn’t he have used it during this period? Perhaps not, but I’d have to think since Marshall took receipt of them in 1967 that they would’ve been used during this time period. Now perhaps, not during this time period . . . but maybe, Leslie Rotary Speaker. It wouldn’t have been unheard of since he had Marshall create the Bluesbreaker combo with a tremolo circuit.

    6. ymous anon says:

      This is a surprise to me. I thought he had at least one fender by then. But that cherry red Gibson is what he used on that legendary recording live at the Filmore East of “Crossroads”. I saw a video of him circa 2004? where he did a tribute to Freddie King(youtube). Out of the three “songs” the middle one is amazing playing and on that old Gibson looking as good as new. But I actually like beatup quitars like that mostly bare wood with some bits of paints on Rory Gallagher’s guitar and that nylon string acoustic quitar with the extra smashed in hole of Willie Nelson’s guitar.

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    7. ymous anon says:

      by the way, I don’t think the Layla recordings would have been half as good without Duane Allman on slide and not slide guitar. Allman only participated with Derek and the Dominos in the studio and never really played with the band live(which was probably few performances). Sadly Allman died not long after. It was actually the drummer Jim Gordon who came up with the lovely piano crescendo that ties together the whaling first part of the song with the second beautiful clapton and allman in the second half of “Layla” single. Whether Whitlock played the piano on that cut i don’t know. Gordon was a classical musician who was a percussionist. He was working 24/7 almost a day. In the recording studio during the day and a member of a major symphony orchestra at night or whatever part of the day. After Allman bros “bros and sisters”, Gordon was so stressed out he started having delusions that his mother was going to kill him. He killed his mother and has been in prison ever since. really tragic. I remember seeing Allman playing with the Allman bros with Dicky Betts and they were a spectacular guitar duo. that was perhaps around the same time of derek and the dominos or prior. And now i shall digress even further. To me I think “rock” as opposed to rock and roll was really a short lived era. perhaps from circa 1966 to circa 1974. Of course there were bands who tried to play rock but they were too polished and over produced in the studio(for example blue oyster cult). At the time of retro hard rock in the late 1980′s I thought it refreshing. But as I look back and listen today I think for example Slash was very technical and a good mocking bird but in his playing there is that missing paying your dues and lack of something new. In my opinion, and digressing far from the cream, hendrix, led zep sounds, I think one of the greatest live quasi rock performances was by the band that backed up crazy lou reed who at the time could not play a kazoo well, leave alone a quitar. That was in 1973 in nyc. the whole concert was not a two record set but 2 seperate albums caslle “lou reed live” and i think the other with “intro sweet jane”, “rock n roll animal”. Hunter and Wagner on quitars were out of this world playing the hardest rock to ethereal like classical music. I think Beethovan would commend that performance. And the rest were great too: Prakash John(from India), Ray Colcord on keybords and Glan on drums.


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