Eric Clapton’s 1982 Roland G-505

This guitar can be heard on Never Make You Cry from the Behind the Sun album released in 1985. According to the info posted on the auction page at Christie’s, he used it on tour in 1984 with Roger Waters, and in 1985 during the Behind the Sun tour.


Serial No. K824044, the guitar features a double-cutaway body finished in candy apple red. It is equipped with three Roland PU-134S single-coil pickups and an additional MIDI pickup sitting right next to the tremolo bridge, six rotary controls, two switches, and Gotoh tuners. Eric used it with three different floor units: GR-700 serial No. 400401, in a metallic grey finish; PG 200 unit; and a GR-300 serial No. 314451, in a blue finish.


Eric’s Roland G-505 was one of the guitars sold through Christie’s in 1999, selling for $33,350. [A 1982 Roland G-505 – Christie’s]. The guitar was sold once again in 2008, presumably by the same person who bought it in 1999. This time it fetched $69,000. [LOT 346 OF 407: ERIC CLAPTON’S RED ROLAND G-505]


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