An impressive array of Eric Clapton Firebird photos. Mostly during mid/late 1968 during his tenure with the best band ever. Included are various shots of same guit different eras, different hairstyles and different guits. Let this be a tribute not just to the Clap, nor the great great Gibson Firebird but to all those adventurous and subsequently endowed with at least enough imagination to be more than just another Les Paul player.

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Not Claptons, but still a nice Bird!

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Interesting excerpt from Christopher Hjort’s book “Strange Brew: Eric Clapton And The British Blues Boom 1965-1970” entry for November 1st, 1968

Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

Ron Delsner presents Cream; one show, at 8:30 pm. Although the tour has more downs than ups, Clapton will have strong memories of tonight’s gig when talking to Phil Sutcliffe nearly 40 years later. “I remember one show at the Philadelphia Spectrum…and I was playing the Gibson Firebird…and it was one of our greatest gigs ever. I was flying; no confusion, no indecision about when to stop, start, come in, go out; I wasn’t tired, I seemed to get more elevated through the evening, one of my greatest gigs ever.” The view is seconded by Jack Bruce, who later tells Tony Bacon: “The Spectrum is one of the very best gigs in America, if not the best. Philadelphia is a great rock music town. I’ve played that a few times, and it’s always been great. A rocking gig; great audience.”

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Clapton with his unique shaped explorer…

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Cream, Royal Albert Hall 1968.

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Allen Collins of Skynyrd was ALMOST a Firebird player.

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Allen Collins Gibson Firebird

Because a Reverse Firebird with a P90 isn’t really a Reverse Firebird anymore. Sorry.

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The skilled Kalamazoo girls at the Gibson plant who were building those beautiful birds at the time could have told you that.

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Steve Clark of Def Leppard with a sweet Bicentennial sunburst.

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Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols.

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Bob Stinson of the Replacements. They were a great band, check out “Let it be” if you haven’t already.

Pat Smear of the Germs with Firebird

Pat Smear of the Germs.

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Young Keith Richards with Bird

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I know this is ECs page but you just can’t talk about Firebirds without tipping your hat to the king of the birds. I doubt anyone will ever play better than Johnny Winter did. Here he is accompanying one of his heros, Muddy Waters. RIP Johnny, you were the baddest.

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Daniel Shams’ Heliotricity Reviews

“EC was pretty good I guess. At least he played something other than an LP for the majority of his career. If I see another 50+ year old white guy playing pentatonic blues on a freaking LP I think I’ll puke…”

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