Watch the Eric Clapton online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Kings of Tone

Pedals, pedals, pedals, and more pedals! They are so much fun and a great way to deplete your savings, believe me, I know. But in my mind as a basic rock guitar setup all you really need is a good overdrive. In the case of Mr. Clapton that is basically all you need to get you in that ballpark. If we are talking Cream era, all you need to add to that is a wah. It is easy to get sucked into the latest and greatest gear mania that is often created on the internet forums, don't do it (unless you can afford it). Get some good basic pedals and work with what you have. It's funny, a few people have asked me if I was using a Dumble amp on my 50 Blues Guitar Licks You Must Know. If I had an amp worth $40k, I'd sell it! The amp I used was a POD. So I appreciate the compliment because I spent a lot of time trying to sound good.