Guitar Center has launched the 2019 Crossroads Collection, an exclusive collaboration with Martin, PRS, Fender and Gibson that celebrates eminent blues virtuosos. The range features five custom-shop electrics and acoustics for Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Santana. Here are the details:
There are three signature models in the collection: the Fender Custom Shop Blind Faith Telecaster, Gibson Custom 1964 Firebird I and Martin 000-42EC Crossroads Ziricote acoustic.
Fender Custom Shop Blind Faith Telecaster
The most eye-catching of the lot is Fender’s reimagination of Clapton’s fabled ’64 Telecaster, which was a constant for Slowhand during his meteoric rise from 1968 to 1960. It initially featured a 60s Strat neck which was later replaced by a 50s Strat version. The latter would eventually find its way onto the ’56 Strat affectionately called “Brownie”.
The reissue, which was crafted by renowned master builder Todd Krause, features a custom ’56 Strat maple neck, an alder body in three-colour sunburst, as well as ’63 Tele single-coils.
Retails at $11,999.
Gibson Custom 1964 Firebird I
This axe is a nod to the reverse-headstock Firebird model Slowhand favoured in his time with Cream and Blind Faith. Its highlights include a single Alnico V Firebird mini-humbucker – designed to match the original’s high output – and a Clapton-signed backplate.
Street price of $7,999.
Martin 000-42EC Crossroads Ziricote
This iteration of Martin’s 000-42 comes with select modifications, including a 000-14 fret body, Sitka Spruce Vintage Tone System top as well as ziricote back and sides. It also includes a titanium truss-rod, which is said to combine the lightweight feel of a 1930s instrument with ease of adjustment.
Retails at $12,999.
The Martin 00-42SC John Mayer Crossroads is informed by the Gravity singer’s 00-42 Stage Coach model from the Martin custom shop. The 2019 Crossroads edition matches cocobolo back and sides with a stunning sunburst finish. Complementing these are aesthetic features such as a custom fingerboard inlay, grained ivoroid body binding plus a Paua pearl inlay decorating the headstock.
Retails at $12,999.
The Private Stock Crossroads Pre-Factory Santana I is a special signature model inspired by the first guitar Paul Reed Smith built for the Smooth guitarist. It boasts an assortment of “pre-factory” features, including solid-shell abalone bird inlays – on the fingerboard – as well as an eagle inlay on the headstock. As for tone, PRS has opted for a pair of TCI humbuckers – HFS treble and Santana bass – that can be engaged/disengaged by two mini-toggles.
Priced at $11,999.
More info at guitarcenter.com.