Los Angeles, CA, May 3, 2009 – Guitar Center will take its iconic “Legends Collection” on the road beginning May 23 for a 4-city tour that will make weekend stops in Fountain Valley, La Mesa, San Francisco and Hollywood. The “Legends Collection” will feature three of rock’s most famous guitars – Eric Clapton’s “Blackie®” Fender® Stratocaster® and Gibson ES-335, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Lenny” Fender® Stratocaster®. Purchased for over $2.4 million from the Clapton Crossroads Centre charity auction at Christies New York in 2004, these three guitars are among the most treasured guitars in rock history.
Assembled in 1973 by Eric Clapton himself from the parts of several guitars, Clapton played “Blackie®” almost exclusively on stage and in the studio from 1973-1985, recording hits such as “Cocaine,” “I Shot The Sherriff,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “Further On Up The Road,” “Lay Down Sally” and various live versions of “Layla” as well as being featured on several album covers and videos. His Cherry Red Gibson “ES-335” was used to record Cream’s versions of “Badge” and “Crossroads” as well as many other historical performances during the 40 years he owned it. Steve Ray Vaughan’s “Lenny,” which Guitar Center purchased for $623,500, was used to record his classic love songs including “Lenny” and “Riviera Paradise.”
Home to the largest collection of vintage instruments in the nation, Guitar Center is also proud to showcase a hand-picked selection of its most rare and sought-after vintage guitars as part of its Vintage Road Show. With Vintage locations in Hollywood, Nashville and Manhattan, Guitar Center’s vintage collection includes hundreds of the rarest and most valuable guitars, amplifiers and other instruments, including an impressive assemblage of ’50s and ’60s Strats and Les Pauls, handcrafted archtops, Jazz Basses, P-Basses and more.
Vintage guitar enthusiasts can visit the “Legends Collection” and Vintage Road Show at the following locations:
Guitar Center Fountain Valley
18361 Euclid Street
Guitar Center La Mesa
8825 Murray Drive
Guitar Center San Francisco
1645 Van Ness Ave.
Guitar Center Hollywood
7425 Sunset Blvd
Each weekend-long stop on Guitar Center’s Vintage Road Show tour will kick off with a private viewing on Friday night that is open to the press and a small group of Guitar Center’s VIP customers, followed by 2 full days of viewing open to the public. The tour will be hosted by a member of the company’s vintage team, Michael Catterino, who will be on hand to offer an oral history of the collection and to answer questions. Store hours are Saturdays 10am – 8pm, and Sundays 10am – 6pm.