It’s probably the one you’ve played for the longest. It’s got that very rich sound. You play it with this great sense of groove going on that’s almost like the rhythm section has just kicked in, so to speak, and is really taking center-stage. I have a very solid sense of rhythm. So it can vary, depending on what’s going on around me.
It’s always so natural and I have that very solid sense of rhythm that’s almost like the rhythm section has just kicked in. – Eric Clapton
How do you handle getting a new guitar sound? How do you go about making new guitars?
The easiest way, I mean really, is when you’ve got two guitars that you really like. I have a few that are very familiar to me. For me, I’m really happy with the way my tone sounds. I’m not trying to make a new guitar from scratch. One thing I do like is that I’ve got two guitars that I really like, which is an advantage. It’s really easy to get the sound you want. It takes a couple of sessions and a lot of experimenting with different settings and different ways of playing.
I think the best thing to be able to do is to have multiple guitars in your arsenal. Sometimes you’ll use one guitar, sometimes the other one. That, of course, doesn’t mean you will never have two guitars, but that’s not the point. I have the sound I like. I have one guitar.
I have one guitar.
I’ll play it right on my desk right now for you. (Laughs.)
Why is it important for you to be working from your own studio, and to have an apartment within walking distance of it?
It’s so important from my perspective, because it makes it a little less stressful. I live in Portland, Ore., so I’m close to an art gallery. I don’t have a home anywhere near that one. I work at a studio and have an apartment close to Portland. I can walk. I have this apartment downtown. I love it there. Also, I’m an actor, and the way they do this at every big theatre company is you walk out. You’re walking down. It’s a great way to feel, or if you’re a kid, a good way to feel young and free.
I think what a lot of people don’t realize is you have a lot of options when it