Friday, July 27, 2007

Legendary Guitars Make Rare Public Appearance

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Three guitar gods are headed to Chicago this weekend, but guitar geeks beware – they’ll be in a display case.

No, it’s not Spinal Tap shenanigans, it’s Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, which brings three legendary guitars from Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Toyota Park in Chicago tomorrow (July 28).

According to Michael Doyle, vice president of product marketing for Guitar Center, the three axes – Clapton’s famous “Blackie,” and “Gibson 335,” and Vaughan’s “Lenny” – are more than just music makers.

Doyle says, “We paid close to $1 million for each, and it’s only the third time they’ve ever been on display. Blackie is the most famous guitar in the world.”

But don’t hold your breath to hear any screeching solos coming from these classic axes.

Doyle says, “We own the guitars, but they belong emotionally to Eric and Stevie. These guitars are priceless – they’re not for touching.”

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