Cornell Custom 80 combo guitar amplifier,  Serial No. DC1
Lot 97W
A 2002 Cornell Custom 80, Serial No. DC-2, 2
Sold for US$ 9,150 inc. premium

Lot Details
A 2002 Cornell Custom 80, Serial No. DC-2, 2 A 2002 Cornell Custom 80, Serial No. DC-2, 2 Cornell Custom 80 combo guitar amplifier,  Serial No. DC1
A 2002 Cornell Custom 80,
Serial No. DC-2,
a plaque on the back panel stamped DC-2, top control style open-back cabinet with tweed covering, metal plate stamped Cornell, brown grille cloth, leather handle, chrome-plated chassis with three black 'chicken head' style rotary controls, three toggle switches, red jewel pilot lamp, two jack inputs, two Tone Tubby 12-inch speakers, 120V model with a US plug; with flight case (2)

Footnotes

  • After working on Clapton's Vibro King amps, Lots 95 and 96, in 2001, an English amplifier technician Dennis Cornell was asked to build a custom amp for him using the shape of the Tweed Twin cabinet but adding his own circuitry incorporating Clapton's tonal requirements.

    In his interview with Tonequest Report, March 2003, Cornell stated:
    "Out of the blue, I received a telephone call. A man...said he was the guitar tech for Eric Clapton. "I have a letter for you – Eric has a problem with his sound and has been told that you can sort it out for him.... The mods helped, but I was pleased when he decided to have a custom amp built..

    We ended up with something that looks like Eric's old Twin, but sounds bluer, with lots of middle. The speakers are the Tone Tubby speakers from A Brown Soun in San Rafael, CA with the hemp cones. We must have tested 10 different types of speakers, but ended up with the Tone Tubby speakers because we thought they were the closest to what Eric was looking for.

    We made a decision to have two channels...However, since then, Eric has decided that he would like the amp to be as simple as possible, and therefore we have now deleted channel two...

    The output stage has 4 6L6-output valves running in class A/B, giving a comfortable 80 watts. There is also a power switch to reduce the output to 20 watts. The cabinet is made from Birch ply and covered in Fender Tweed that we have treated to look old and dated.
    "

    This Cornell Custom 80 serial number DC-2 and it companion DC-1 served as Clapton's main stage amplifiers over the period from 2002 until approximately 2004, which encompassed several world tours as well as the Concert for George, John Mayall's 70th Birthday concert at Liverpool Docks on 19 July 2003 and the first Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, 4-6 June 2004.

    Lots 97 and 98. Photo: The Cornell amp in Lot 97 to the left of Clapton and the Fender Woody Jr in Lot 98 to the right of Nathan East on stage at HP Pavilion, San Jose, 30 July 2004. Photograph courtesy of Steve Proctor.
    Lot 97. Photo: a) The Cornell amp behind Clapton at The Concert For George, Royal Albert Hall, 29 November 2002. Photograph courtesy of Minoru Tsubota
    Photo: b) The Cornell amp is to the left of Clapton, and the Fender Woody Lot 98 to the right of Nathan East on stage at HP Pavilion, 30 July 2004. Photograph courtesy of Steve Proctor

    Further background information about this lot is available by using the condition report facility at www.bonhams.com or by contacting the department.
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