Eric Clapton: Guitar Hero.
Iconic status has been placed on Eric Clapton for most, if not all, of his career, but it’s impressive that fans have continued to hold the guitarist in high regard more than 40 years after his career began.
Clapton was voted the U.K.’s #1 Guitar Hero, according to a poll by the country’s largest musical insurer, Allianz Musical Insurance.
At the London guitar show Guitar Nation Live, guitarists that visited the Allianz stand were asked to declare their guitar idols - those famous guitarists who have been a great musical influence on them.
The top five guitarists are:The poll also determined that Clapton's famed ‘Blackie' Stratocaster was the guitar that they'd most like to own.
The top five guitars that musicians would like to own are:Robin Stagg, Allianz Musical Insurance's Claims Manager and guitarist said,“It's great to see that the UK still has a strong rock star tradition. At Allianz we want to make sure that guitarists can keep living like their guitar heroes by protecting their instrument should it be damaged, lost or stolen.'
Blackie Stratocaster, played by Eric Clapton
Double neck Gibson, played by Jimmy Page
Number one strat, played by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Les Paul, played by Les Paul
Red Special, played by Brian May
The survey also asked about the guitarists' own 'inner rock star' by finding out the most unusual place the respondents had played their guitar. More than a third of musicians (38%) have played on a beach and some even made claims to playing on a plane, the underground and even three guitarists had played on a rollercoaster.