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Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Eric Clapton 30th Anniversary Stratocaster - Blackie (496)

By Fender Custom Shop

$ 5,200.00

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In 1987 Eric Clapton retired his famous Stratocaster, “Blackie”, and approached the Fender Custom Shop to craft a replacement designed to his specifications; in effect, he wanted a new pair of old shoes. Our artisans went to work, and the resulting instrument was the inaugural instrument in Fender’s Artist Series—the Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster. With the smooth feel and authentic sound of the original—along with a delicious new Journeyman Relic® finish— this special 30th Anniversary edition represents one of the finest instruments to ever come from the artisans of the Dream Factory. 2018 is the only year you’ll have the chance to add this unique Black Lacquer Journeyman Relic finish, along with the feel and authentic sound of Clapton’s original signature model to your guitar collection.

The Journeyman Relic finish makes the select two-piece alder body look and feel like it’s seen countless gigs and lets the wood breathe with natural resonance. True to Clapton’s own model, the stable one-piece quartersawn maple neck with an ultra-comfortable custom “Soft V” neck profile lets your hand nestle perfectly, giving you the perfect platform for unleashing electric inspiration. The blocked six-screw American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge maintains rock-solid tuning no matter how hard or fast you play. The TBX tone control and Vintage Noiseless™ pickups offer hum-free vintage-style Strat tone, while the active mid boost gives your sound a +25dB kick in the pants for when you need to make your solo jump out in the mix. Other features include a 9.5”-radius fingerboard with 22 vintage-size frets, 5-way switching, single-ply Parchment pickguard, vintage-style hardware, bone nut, wing string tree and Clapton’s signature on the headstock. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.


Model: Eric Clapton 30th Anniversary

Builder: Fender Custom Shop

Year: 2019

Body Type: Solid Body

Body Wood: 2-Piece Select Alder

Finish Type: Nitro Lacquer

Finish Color: Black

Aging: Journeyman Relic

Back Finish: Nitro Lacquer (Heavy Relic) 

Neck Wood: 1-Piece Riftsawn Maple

Fingerboard: Maple

Neck Carve: Clapton "V" 

Scale Length: 25.5''

Neck Dimensions: .820 - .920 

Neck Radius: 9.5"

Frets: Vintage Upgrade 

Nut Width: 1.650''

Nut Material: Bone

Neck Finish: Medium Tent

Inlays: Black Dots

Side Dots: Black Dots

Headstock: 56-60 Strat 

Neck Pickup: Vintage Noiseless

Middle Pickup: Vintage Noiseless

Bridge Pickup: Vintage Noiseless

Pickguard: White

Hardware: Nickel/Chrome

Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized

Tuners: Vintage with Fender Logo

Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup/Boost), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)

Electronics: 5-Position Blade, Clapton Electronics 

Case: Fender Tweed Tolex with Orange Interior

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