August 2, 2011

Who Built Eric Clapton’s equipment?

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Eric Clapton is one of the most influential guitarists of all time and the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
So who built Clapton’s equipment?
The answer is Charlie Butten! He's one of the founding team members of Clear-Com and he had designed, engineered, and assembled Eric Clapton's equipment.
In Mature Musician, Jack Fronk, a guitarist that worked with Clapton, informs others about Charlie’s impressive work, “That equipment got bigger and bigger and bigger, to the point where we built a club out in the Mission called Rock Garden. The stage was a fifteen foot bass speaker, with coils that actually blasted right out onto the dance floor. We had towers of amplifiers, and when we played concerts that were out of doors, you could hear that band clean across the city. But that was all custom built stuff.”  

Fronk, Jack. “The MM Interview with Jack Fronk.” Mature Musician. 2006.

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