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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    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.

      ymous anon

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