Eric Clapton’s 1969 Zemaitis 12-string “Ivan The Terrible”
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This guitar was built for Eric by Tony Zemaitis in early 1969, apparently with direct input from Clapton on the design. Not much is known about it aside from what was revealed when the guitar was auctioned in 2004, selling for $253,900.Embed from Getty Images
According to info shared by the auction house, the guitar was used on the Blind Faith album, but it is not shared on which song(s) specifically. Also according to the auction, at some point, it was borrowed by George Harrison, who recorded parts of My Sweet Lord on it. [ANTHONY C. ZEMAITIS, 1969, 12-STRING GUITAR CO-DESIGNED WITH ERIC CLAPTON] At this point, it is unknown how true this story is, and if you happen to come across an interview from George talking about it, please be sure to leave a comment below.
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