Stratocaster (Eric Clapton) - Custom Shop

FenderNear Mint2004OHSC$3150 USD


This is a Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton 'Blackie' Stratocaster. Comes with original hardshell Custom Shop case & Certificate of Authenticity by the Custom Shop. The following is Fender's product Description for this example: Eric Clapton's favorite stage instrument from the 1970s and 1980s, a custom Fender Strat known as "Blackie" for its distinctive color, went on the Christie's auction block. The iconic guitar sold for almost a million dollars, making it, at the time, the world's most expensive guitar. Clapton had assembled Blackie himself in the early 1970s from the best parts of three vintage '56 and '57 Strats that he had purchased for a hundred bucks each. After debuting it on stage in 1973, it became his favorite guitar until 1985 which was the year Fender asked Clapton to design a custom Stratocaster that would be built to his own precise specifications. Fender's First Artist Model Clapton instructed Fender to build him a new version of Blackie, with a slightly softer and more comfortable version of the V-shaped neck profile from his favorite Martin acoustic, and pickups that could emulate the legendary "woman tone" he developed while playing with Cream. And so, in 1987, Fender introduced their first artist model which Clapton has played onstage ever since. Modifications have been made on the Clapton models over the years, but they're still made to Slowhand's own exact specifications. Contrary to what the graffiti says, Clapton may not actually be God, but he's the god of the Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster. Body: Select Alder Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Soft "V" Shape, (Satin Polyurethane Finish) Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5 in. Radius (241mm) No. of Frets: 22 Vintage Style Frets Pickups: 3 Vintage Noiseless(TM) Pickups (Neck, Middle, Bridge) Controls: Master Volume, - Tone 1. Master Tone Control, - Tone 2. Master Active Mid Boost (0-25dB) Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: - Position 1. Bridge Pickup - Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup - Position 3. Middle Pickup - Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup - Position 5. Neck Pickup Bridge: "Blocked" American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo Machine Heads: Fender(R)/Gotoh(R) Vintage Style Tuning Machines Hardware: Nickel/Chrome Pickguard: 1-Ply White Scale Length: 25.5 in. (648 mm) Width at Nut: 1.650 in. (42 mm) Unique Features: - Special Soft "V" Shape Neck, - Blocked Tremolo, - Active Mid-Boost Circuit, - Eric Clapton's Signature on Headstock Strings: Fender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel, Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046), p/n 073-0250-006 Accessories Included: Vintage Tweed Case, Strap, Cable Case: Vintage Tweed Case with Orange Interior.