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The Fender Custom Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster is an exact Custom Shop representation of Eric's personal axe. It's even made by the same craftsmen who made the actual Clapton guitar. Refinements include a special soft V neck shape, Noiseless pickups, blocked original vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, active mid-boost circuitry, and master TBX tone control. Standard features include an alder body, bone nut, vintage frets, chrome hardware, and Eric Clapton's signature on the headstock. Includes case.

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  • Select alder body
  • 1-piece soft maple neck
  • Clapton special soft V neck shape
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 9.5" radius
  • Bone nut
  • 22 vintage-style frets
  • 3 Vintage Noiseless pickups
  • Master Volume, Master TBX tone control, Master Active Mid-Boost (0-25dB)
  • 5-position blade pickup selector
  • Nickel/chrome hardware
  • Blocked American vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge (can be unblocked for normal trem use)
  • Fender Gotoh vintage-style tuners
  • Includes case
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Fender Custom ShopArtist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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5.0

Highly recommended !

By Alex

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Amazing playability
  • Excellent build
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Thin and low frets, prefer medium jumbo

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

First buy of a Fender Custom Shop Guitar. Was a trade in against my 90s Strat Plus Delixe model. Excellent service by Robb T at Guitar Center Manhattan !
Delivered home in pristine packaging, the guitar comes with the tweed case, leather strap and toolkit among other (expensive) freebies.
Love playing it. The soft V neck looks chunky but is a delight, frets are thin and low to my taste but still very playable. Trully excellent stuff and the finishing is top notch. Noy caveat is the lack of specific imformation about the model electronics (active mid boost) not even available in the Fender site as far as I could see..

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5.0

The Absolute Best! My Go To Guitar!

By eric kirkland

from west virginia

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar used at guitar center in tempe az and it has been nothing short of phenomenal. I had been looking around at guitars just trying them out while on vacation and this guitar was up on the wall like a shining diamond, it had been kept in perfect condition with all the case candy and a still working 9v! Anyways, I cranked it through a fender supersonic 60w and immediately fell in love, it made every sound you could imagine, clean sparkly tone? Perfect driving rock? Pop Punk? Pop? Blues? Metal? It literally hs served its purpose for everything! It is also LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT. I can pick it up while soloing and put it behind my head when practicing just to be dumb. The balance is perfect. Everything is amazing! PLus the finish is beautiful. It really lets stage lights sparkle, and the one ply pick guard never gets in the way. The 9v lasts forever. Now onto some details. The v neck is the fastest and sleekest neck I've ever played, its perfects for the jimi hendrix, thumb root note chords and things of the same style, but works well for every note I've ever played. The Blocked tremolo really makes this guitar sound full i think, After i had played it for a year or two i started to notice some weird overtones, turned out it was just some spring rattle. The solution? Place a piece of felt behind the back plate across the springs, worked perfectly. With the TBX control you can get those santana leads you've always wanted, or you can crispen up the pickups for more sparkle. No matter what i try to do, i cannot make this guitar sound bad! Ive tried to put it on all treble with distortion and no mid boost. IT STILL SOUNDED IMMACULATE. The quality build of this guitar is beyond satisfactory, i own an american fender strat deluxe and this thing is easily worth the price difference. I also own a 71' gibson les paul, NOT reissue, the real thing, and this still trumps it when it comes to what i need for versatility. The mid boost smoothes everything out and makes chords huge. This is a recording WEAPON. Sounds amazing through a vox, hell, sounds amazing through my ampeg svt classic bass amp! As for the price, I've played 5000 gibbons that are TERRIBLE quality, every custom shop fender I've ever played, plays GREAT. This is worth every penny! I'm merely 20 and I can tell how perfect this is! Every pickup sounds vastly different, this is every tone you could ever want in a guitar. ITs perfect for especially just having one guitar on stage. This is my

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5.0

Best Strat that I have

By ROBERT ABOUD

from Boca Raton, Fl

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have 6 Strats, 4 Les Pauls and on Tele. This guitar has become my every day player!! The looks are incredible. The finish is perfect. I was worried about the vintage frets being too narrow for lush bends. I was wrong!! The guitar plays like a dream. And tones?? Everything from glassy, chimey to Cream overdriven tones... and everything in between. The boost and TBX functions are amazing. I usually play 9s but have left the 10s on it. And will be switching all my guitars to 10s. I like it so much I will be buying another one in a different color. Even down to the case candy, the guitar is PERFECT! If you can afford it, this is the Custom Shop model to get.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Guitar

By Jon-Nolan Paresa

from Sacramento, CA

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar at the CG in Sacramento. The salesman Jose Blanco, ordered it for me. He and I have worked together getting me the right instrument whether it was an amp or other guitar. He took steps to contact his contemporaries at other CG's. When it arrived and before I picked it up, he the strings changed and action set up to my preferences. It is an amazing guitar. I love the V neck and how fast the action it. The sound is great. It took a while to get use to the TBX Tone Control. But I really like the way the guitar handles and sounds.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Clapton Custom Shop Strat

By Jimbo

from Ridgecrest, Ca

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Sir or Mam, I have been playing guitar for several years and for most of my life have found Eric Clapton to be one of my very favorite guitar players of all time. That is why I had to purchase his signature model Strat. from the Fender Custom Shop. I currently own his Gibson �ۡ���63 small block inlay ES-335 and love it to death. So I just had to have �ۡ��̏Blackie�ۡ�ݕ�_ too. After spending the almost $4K for the axe, ouch!, I was very disappointed with the workmanship upon receiving it. So disappointed, that I reordered another from GC.com only to find it too, had issues with the workmanship. It appears that in the process following the polishing stage; that the buffing out of the swirl marks created during the polishing stage was not performed (on both guitars). This is then covered with the Nitro and the flaw cannot be corrected without first stripping off the Nitro. Where�ۡ���s the quality control here? I would expect this type of quality from a significantly cheaper fender product, but not coming from the Custom Shop. Maybe I�ۡ���m being a bit picky here, but for 4 grand I expected a little more. On the positive side, the guitar plays, frets, and sounds fantastic. I love the mid range boost circuit and the tapered neck. Currently working with GC and the Fender Custom Shop to remedy this workmanship issue. If that�ۡ���s not a problem for other guitar players out there, then I would definitely go for it! You won�ۡ���t be disappointed in this guitar�ۡ���s performance.

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(29 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing axe for your buck.

By ClaptonisGod

from California

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I had regular American standard strat before I upgraded to this model and it completeley blew me away. This is by far the most powerful guitar I have ever played that is lound like lightning but at the same time it is so precise that a feather falling on the strings will be audible through your amp. If you have the money and dont care for a floating bridge or a tremolo then this is the premier strat.

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(21 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EC Stratocaster!

By Phil's Freind

from Leicester

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This Strat covers all the basics. I mean, it has a great variety of sounds its neck is extremely comfortable the qaulity of it is first class. Don't forget Eric himself uses this guitar so if its good enough for Clapton it good enough for anybody.

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(19 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

ALL purpose soild body!!

By Christopher2481

from Texas

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

When i bought my first stratocaster few years it had it's pro's and con's to me i was use to hearin' the LP roar and i am a HUGE Clapton fan and i was watching one of his DVD's and I was impressed with all the tones he was getting from his guitar.. ballads, pop, classic rock, Blues... all from the same guitar every possible sound you'd want..and this custom shop is an exact copy of the ones the master craftsmen build for Clapton himself.. everythings there its like fender is selling you one of Eric personal strats I'm working overtime at work to save up for this master piece

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