We did this guitar for a client a couple years ago but unfortunately, this Fool has had some bad luck. Due to a “weather incident” The guitars clear coat has developed some checking in the finish as shown in our photos. The guitar is 100% sound and the artwork underneath the clearcoat is perfect. In fact, if you heat the checking with a hairdryer the checking goes away but come back when the guitar cools to room temperature. Oh well… sounds like a half price deal!
This guitar is a faithful reproduction of the “Fool” SG, made famous by Eric Clapton when he was guitarist for the band Cream in the 60’s. Later it was given to George Harrison who owned it for a few years and then gave it to Todd Rundgren who played it for several years. During it’s tenure with Todd, he had several copies made of it as the original was becoming fragile from years on the road and worth too much to risk. It was eventually sold at auction sometime in 2002.
There have been plenty of copies of the “Fool” guitar out on the market, some better than others. Ours is a lot different. The artwork is not air brushed, but hand painted with a brush exactly like the original. We have painstakingly researched this piece from every angle before setting out to create the ultimate “Fool” SG reproduction. This guitar is as close to the original as you are going to find, period. Every inch of this guitar is hand painted in our custom shop by our exclusive artist Rick Daskam and covered with a clear finish buffed to a glass shine to protect the artwork. Rick is a long time dear friend of mine, in fact we were band mates in high school! His artwork is absolute perfection and you will not get a better replica of this guitar anywhere else, period. We are lucky to have him. If you have any other custom paint desires. we have done original artwork, portraits and other reproductions like the Rocky Strat for our clients so don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote.
We do 2 versions, either Eric’s with the vibrola tailpiece or we can change the bridge to a harmonica bridge as it was when Todd owned it. We change the tuners to the same as the original, we custom make the truss rod cover to match the original, right down to the extra screw in the pick guard, we have gone the extra mile to make this as accurate to the original as humanly possible. Click on the pics to take a look at this piece. We even had the original artist “Marijke” paint one for us so we could match the colors exactly! These are custom built to order and are the Ferrari of this guitar. There are plenty of cheaper ones out there but you get what you pay for and simply put, the best costs more.