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Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Stratocaster, Mercedes Blue

Eric Clapton's love for the Fender Stratocaster has continued for five decades; his switch to the Strat in 1970 was accompanied by his own custom guitar build simply known as "Blackie" - a personal hybrid built from the best parts of the three Fender Strat's he'd recently purchased. 1988 saw Fender introduce their first Clapton design - built to Eric's own specifications, and this was the start of a celebrated relationship which continues to this day. This Mercedes Blue incarnation of Fender's Custom Shop Clapton Stratocaster features Eric's personal spec preferences, and is a tribute to the skill and craftmanship of Fender's Custom Shop luthiers, as well as the talent and influence of Mr Eric Clapton.

Eric's Guitar has a Urethane Finish; Alder Body; Satin Urethane Finished Single-Piece Maple Neck with a Soft "V" Back-Shape; 9.5" Radius; 22 Vintage Frets; Vintage Noiseless™ Pickups; 5 Way Switch; Master TBX Tone Control on Tone 1; Master Active Mid-Boost Control on Tone 2; Single-Ply Parchment Pickguard; "Blocked" Vintage Bridge; Vintage Hardware; Wing String Tree; Tweed Case; and a Certificate of Authenticity. This particular Guitar is in Merecedes Blue and weighs 8lbs, exactly.

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What Fender say:

A Fender Custom Shop instrument is extraordinary. You know it when you play one, it’s definitely more than the sum of its parts. It’s filled with intangible, electrifying elements that add a new dimension to your playing experience. It’s as if the instrument itself is imbued with history, alive with the spirit of the place where it was built and the devotion of those who crafted it. The Custom Shop is home to Fender’s most skilled and talented builders. It’s a bustling, noisy and creatively volcanic place that re-earns its nickname "The Dream Factory" every day. Custom Shop builders are completely dedicated to their art, part craftsman, part artist, part music fan and, more often than not, part mad scientist. They’re the best at what they do, and they pour all of their passion, hard-earned knowledge and skill into every instrument they build. It’s no ordinary place, and the creations that come from it are no ordinary instruments.

  • Body Material: Select Alder
  • Neck: Soft "V" Shape
  • No. of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Vintage Style Frets
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
  • Width at Nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
  • Neck Plate: Serialized 4 Bolt Neckplate
  • Bridge Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Strat® Pickup
  • Middle Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Strat® Middle Pickup
  • Neck Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Strat® Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade:
  • -Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • -Position 2. Middle Pickup
  • -Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls:
  • -Master Volume
  • -Tone 1. Master TBX™ Tone Control
  • -Tone 2. Master Active Mid Boost (0-25dB). Mid boost kit
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Bridge: Blocked American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Tuning Machine: Vintage Style Tremolo Arm
  • Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Case: Vintage Tweed Case (Orange Interior)
  • Accessories:
  • -Vintage Tweed Case
  • -Strap, Cable
  • -Custom Shop Picks
  • -Certificate of Authenticity
  • -Polishing Cloth
  • Unique Features: Special Soft "V" Shape Neck, Blocked Tremolo, Active Mid-Boost Circuit, Eric Clapton's Signature on Headstock
  • Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)