Graham Hine first recorded for Blue Goose Records in 1969 and went on to record a further two albums for Blue Goose and three albums for Sunhouse records including the new album 'Invisible Man'. In the US older bluesmen will know Graham from his Blue Goose recordings and in the UK and Europe for recordings with his band Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts.
In 1970 Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts were invited to support Derek and the Dominoes on their UK tour. There were nine dates in all at all the major concert venues of the day; Brighton Dome, Greens Playhouse Glasgow, Liverpool Philharmonic etc. finishing at London's Lyceum.
At the Liverpool Philharmonic we had set up the equipment and were having a drink in the bar when Gibbo came in and said ' come back stage quick, Clapton’s going nuts about your guitar'. Backstage behind the curtain my Gold Plated National had been propped up against a chair with Eric sitting about 10 feet away gazing at it. 'Is it your guitar? How much do you want for it?'. I said I couldn't possibly sell it, it's the guitar I always wanted and I had worked hard to get the money to buy it. It was a blues guitar, I couldn't possibly sell it. ' Just name your price' said Eric. 'Just tell me how much you want. I'll swap it for any of my guitars. Just tell me what you want'. I said I was sorry but the guitar wasn't for sale.
With the benefit of foresight I should have swapped it for the guitar he used to record Layla - what would that be worth now? But I was committed to the music and an idealist so I said no.
I used the guitar on 1 number in our set and it was tuned to D minor. At least it was tuned to D minor when we had finished the sound check, but when we took to the stage for the concert and started playing 'Take Your Money Go Down The Road' it was completely wrong. I cursed on mike to about 3,000 people that some bastard had been fucking about with my guitar. It was in standard tuning instead of D minor so I retuned it and we carried on with the set and then thought oh yes of course, the bastard was Eric.
About 4 months after the tour, we were rehearsing at Studio 51 when Sam The Roady came in with a guitar he had found in one of the music shops. It was a semi acoustic double cut away Dobro with twin pickups. I have never seen a guitar like that before or since. I tried it out and it sounded great but the only way, I could buy it was to sell the National (which looked great but sounded bad). Gibbo still had Eric’s phone number so I gave him a ring. He explained that after the tour he flew to Nashville and bought three, so he wasn't too bothered about mine. He asked was I selling because I needed the money and if I couldn't sell it to call back in a couple of months. I never called back and sold it about two years later to one of our road crew for £100. I didn't miss the guitar because by this time, I had a steel Dobro just like my buddy Sam Mitchell who made it sound great.