Edge's and Clapton's guitars head to Roseville

  • Updated: February 18, 2008 - 7:56 PM

 

You can go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Seattle's Experience Music Project or some Hard Rock Cafe to see guitars used by big rock stars.

Or you can head to Guitar Center in Roseville to see four famous guitars that belonged to Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Edge of U2.

March 1 and 2 will be the first time these four instruments have been displayed together. They've been stored in a secret climate-controlled vault in California.

Guitar Center bought Vaughan's "Lenny" guitar (used on "Riviera Paradise") and Clapton's "Blackie" (used from 1974-'85) and Gibson 335 (Cream's "Crossroads") at a charity auction in 2004 for $2.4 million. The Edge's Gibson Les Paul was landed for $240,000 for charity in 2007.

Guitar Center, a 200-store chain that sells instruments and recording gear, has commissioned Gibson Guitars to make replicas of these axes.

The Roseville shop will extend its hours -- 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on March 1 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 2. It's free.

JON BREAM

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