He used to record himself playing on his portable Grundig tape recorder, and listening to that over and over until he felt he got it right.
In October 1963 Clapton joined The Yardbirds, and stayed with them until March 1965.
Though advertised as Sunburst, which would have been a golden orange going to dark red at the edges, it was more yellowy, going to a sort of pink, so as soon as I got it home, I covered it with black Fablon.
[Clapton: The Autobiography; p.80] This was Eric’s main recording and gigging guitar during the Yardbirds era.
This possibly goes to show that the guitar was somewhat modified, or that it was simply misidentified, or perhaps this is just inconsistency across the same model over the years.
He was influenced by blues from an early age, and practiced long hours to learn the chords of blues music by playing along the records.Being the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is ranked among the greatest rock and roll guitarists of all time (he ranked 2nd on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and 4th in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time).Eric’s first guitar was an acoustic Hoyer – which he got as a present for his 13th birthday.If you Google a photo of a vintage Jazz II, you’ll probably notice that almost every single guitar has uniquely shaped inlays, while Eric’s Kay has simple block inlays.Next to that, you’ll also notice that Eric’s guitar is fitted with a black round pickguard, while every other Kay Jazz II features a very distinctively shaped pickguard mostly in white.