Schon Custom Guitar, Arctic White, Serial No. NS60120
Lot 46
A 1986 Schon NS6, Serial No. NS60120,
Sold for US$ 10,370 inc. premium

Lot Details
A 1986 Schon NS6,  Serial No. NS60120, A 1986 Schon NS6,  Serial No. NS60120, Schon Custom Guitar, Arctic White, Serial No. NS60120
A 1986 Schon NS6,
Serial No. NS60120,
in white finish, maple neck-through-body construction with alder body wings, twenty-four fret ebony fingerboard with double parallelogram inlays, two humbucking pickups, ABR-1 'style' metal bridge, two rotary controls, selector switch, Ferrari Tails tailpiece and white pickguard; and a black hardshell contour case with Ernie Ball white cloth guitar strap and two handwritten labels with various inscriptions including Neal Schon Model; signed on the back of the headstock by Eric Clapton in black felt pen

Footnotes

  • This guitar was a gift to Eric Clapton from Neal Schon.

    In an interview with David Mead published in Guitar World in 1994, Eric Clapton commented:
    "After [Duane Allman had left the Dominos to return to the Allman Brothers Band], I felt like I had to have another guitar player. I had Neal Schon come in for a little while, having met him through Carlos Santana, but by that time ... the band was on its way out."

    Neal Schon, the guitarist best known for his work with Santana and Journey in the 1970s and who joined Derek and the Dominos for a brief period, launched his own guitar brand featuring his design in collaboration with Jackson Guitars in 1986. However, after a small number of guitars were built, the partnership was terminated and despite a fresh collaboration with Larrivee of Canada in 1987, few guitars were built before production totally ceased. Schon's design was inspired by sports cars and in particular, the tailpiece was a tribute to Ferrari (and was named Ferrari Tails) and the colors available were typical sports car colors such as Ferrari red and yellow. It is reputed that approximately 200 of the Jackson-made Schon guitars were completed, and this guitar featuring Jackson humbucking pickups is thought to be one of them.

    Photo: Eddie Kramer took this photo during the sessions at Columbia Studios in San Francisco for the album Santana III. Carlos Santana rehearsing with, seventeen-year old Neal Schon, guitar and David Brown bass. This was, a few months after he was asked by Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos. Photograph courtesy of Eddie Kramer/Eddie Kramer Archives.
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