Eric Clapton is shown here in New York in 1967, when he was a member of the band Cream. His first guitar, which he got when he was 13, was a steel-string Hoyer made in Germany. Clapton recalls, "It was a very cheap guitar. And most cheap guitars, as anyone will tell you who tries to play a cheap guitar ... they hurt to play. It was just such hard work, I gave up. So I started when I was 13 and gave up when I was 13 and a half," he says.