John Mayer’s 2005 Gibson ES-335 Eric Clapton Crossroads

access_time First seen circa 2005

This guitar first appeared sometime during the John Mayer Trio era circa 2005, which corresponds with the time when the guitar became available for purchase from the Gibson Custom Shop. From then on it was used on numerous occasions, most famously during the 2010 Crossroads festival, when John played a cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ (see video below)

The Clapton/Cream 335 – the reissue of the 335 that he played in Cream. You might have seen this on the Trio tour, and I think I played ‘Out of My Mind’ on this. I think I did because I would have played that style of a guitar on it. [John Mayer on Periscope – Gear Talk]

As you might have guessed from the title, the guitar is a replica of the ES-335 model that Eric Clapton used during his years with the Yardbirds and Cream. After the original was sold at auction in 2004 for staggering $847,500 [Gibson 1964, ES-335 TDC | Christie’s], it was examined by Gibson Custom Shop and eventually replicated in a limited run of 250 guitars.


The guitar features maple body with a solid maple center block finished in aged Cherry finish, slim mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, two custom-designed “Burstbucker” humbuckers, Grover tuners, and an ABR-1 bridge with a stopbar tailpiece.

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I owned one of this guitars but then I sold it as I was broken hearted to find that the guitar had serious mistakes with respect to the so called replication vis a vis the clapton. Just see the pickguard and the cutawayas and you will find serious inconcistencies between the replica and the original.

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