That got me into the band, and then we started making money, I found I had nothing else to spend it on but guitars, so maybe once a month I bought a guitar.[Eric Clapton: Blues Power – Guitar World.com] There are some interesting details about this guitar worth mentioning.In the book he also goes on to explain how the Kay had no truss rod, which resulted in the neck bowing – making it even harder to play.
Or the Gibson, but more likely the Tele, because I remember breaking strings a lot, and that’s why I moved to the Tele.
Eric used this guitar prior to joining the Yardbirds circa 1962, while he was playing in his first band called “The Rooster”.
According to Eric, he received this guitar as a gift from his grandmother: The Kay was the guitar that my grandmother bought me on the “hire-purchase” scheme.
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.
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.