Todd Rundgren on NBC’s The Midnight Special, aired December 7, 1973. (By Lynn Goldsmith? I haven’t found a definitive credit for this, but she’d taken others than night.)
OMG. this guitar looks so similar to the one Eric Clapton had in the late 60s. Its beautiful man
It is indeed that very guitar!!! It even has a name, “The Fool”, for the Dutch art collective that painted it. (They did a TON of highly influential psychedelic work in the 60s, including for The Beatles. Details here.) The guitar even has its own Wikipedia page!
Here’s what Todd had to say about it in a 2016 Guitar World interview:
I have the feeling that Eric had given that guitar up, because it went through a number of hands before I got it. I think he gave it to George Harrison, and I’d heard that Paul Kossoff from Free owned it, too. I got it from Jackie Lomax, who was signed to Apple. This was when I was up in Woodstock working with the Band.
The guitar was in horrible shape at the time. The paint job was all flaked off because they never put a sealer on it. It didn’t have the original tailpiece, the neck was a mess at one point, the headstock snapped off. I did a lot of work on it. I played it for decades, and I owned it until the mid-Nineties. I owed the IRS a lot of money, so I auctioned it off. But I did get to play it onstage with Ringo—with Jack Bruce, we did “Sunshine of Your Love,” which I thought was appropriate.
I saw him play it in concert in 1982, by the way, and I smiled the whole time. What a magical sound it had! Not that Todd hasn’t made plenty of magical sounds since selling it too of course. 🙂