The Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster gives you awesome pickups, sweeping tones, excellent action and a super comfortable neck. Fender's Vintage Noiseless pickups were Eric's choice for u... Read More
The Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster gives you awesome pickups, sweeping tones, excellent action and a super comfortable neck. Fender's Vintage Noiseless pickups were Eric's choice for updating his signature model. Powerful active mid boost (+25dB) and TBX circuits give it even greater tonal versatility. Alder body. V-shaped neck. 9-1/2"-radius fretboard. Blocked original vintage synchronized tremolo bridge. Made in the U.S. Includes case.
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Reviewed by 25 customers
I love this guitar. Like everyone says, it's exceptionally versatile, and the bridge single-oil is probably the first really useful one I've come across on a strat. I've owned several different ones over the years, including a 1968 I purchased in 1972. Recently had a master built Custom Shop strat for about a year, and that was a real treat, too. If there's anything I'd like to try is a CS version of this model. The soft-V neck is perfect, I like the medium narrow frets, the mid-boost adds some drive, and fattens up the tone, making the 1&2 positions great for aggressive rock distortion that cuts through the mix but is still full sounding. The TBX tone control is good for adding some top end back when using the mid-boost, otherwise I don't usually use it. The noiseless pickups are perfect for clean recording and use in proximity of computers, which was a problem I had with my Custom Shop strat. I unblocked the tremolo because this is my only start, actually the only guitar I own that even has a tremolo bridge so I wanted to have that available. It's easy to take out the little wwod block and set up yourself. As is, the setup was fine, fret dressing no problem. I'd like a darker tone fretboard, but I don't really mind the light color as is. I've tried a lot of strata at GC and this was my pick of the production line models. I like some of the vintage reissues and the Eric Johnson signature model, but the Clapton is the one to have if you only have one.
I saved a long time to buy I high quality strat and I don't regret that decision. It was definitely worth the wait. There's no substitute for playing these guitars yourself and deciding which has the best features for you within your budget. If you're brand new to playing, a less expensive model probable makes sense. Once you've been bitten by the guitar bug and know it with you for life, you'll want to save for a quality instrument. The active mid boost and TBX deliver tonal versatility as advertised. But the feel of the guitar when you hold it was what struck me most in the store. You hold it and it feels so good you won't want to let go. It comes with a very high quality tweed hard case. I don't mind saying that I shed a tear or two when I first opened the case and saw my Olympic white strat lying there. Sure this review may be a little emotional and corny, but then doesn't every love story begin that way?
I love my EC Stratocaster! Out of 15 electrics, it is by far the one I use the most for recording and performance. I replaced the stock Lace Sensor pickups with Lindy Fralin pickups. The Fralins were the missing ingredient that made the guitar complete!
This guitar is everything and then some. Play anything your little heart desires-country, blue grass, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, heavy metal, classical and even gospel tunes. There isn't anything this guitar can't do. Great sharp,rich,tones even distortion is awesome. It has the sound I have been looking for. I am very happy and delighted with this guitar. very happy I bought it!!!!
I've had this guitar for a few months now and it is by far the most comfortable instrument I have EVER picked up in my 40 plus years playing. As most do, I spent years looking for that "tone" that I heard in my head and with this guitar I was able to achieve it in minutes. The active circuit is truly amazing! Not only could I make it scream like Hendrix, Vaughan but the "woman tone" of Clapton was right there easily accesible...and the tone I wanted to produce for myself came with ease. Blues, rock, jazz, whatever your passion this will produce it. The neck just feels perfect, like an extension of my hand...like a great guitar should feel...part of you! Wish I would have bought one years ago, especially knowing if Clapton's name was on it, it would have to be first class! Just shut-up and buy one already! LOL
This guitar is amazing. Beautiful to look at, amazing action, best neck I've ever played, and the mid boost is pretty cool as well. I'll keep this guitar forever. Nothing to complain about. Buy it yesterday.
I've had this guitar for 3 years now. Been a working pro most of my life. I have some nice Gibsons and Fenders but this became my number one almost immediately. Great, clear Strat tone with TBX midway and mid boost off. Then open up other possibilities from there. Basically a nice, solid '57 style strat with the correct wood and hardware. The soft V, one-piece maple neck is especially well crafted. Fit and finish is excellent. Add the modern electronics and it is the most versatile Strat on the market IMO. I found out early that, to get the bell tones ringing, the pickups need to be set low. The vintage noiseless have a very strong magnetic pull. My approach to tone is Old School, and this guitar and a good tube amp (mine is a 57 Twin reissue) have enabled me to ditch all my pedals. Plug straight into the amp, crank it up to the breaking point (around 7 on my amp) and ride the guitar volume to increase and decrease gain. Guitar volume on 6 for clean, 7 for clean with an edge, 8 for blues overdrive, 10 for blues/classic rock solos, and then crank up the mid boost for Cream-y overdrive. Beautiful rich tone all the way. In the past I have taken the same approach with my older Strats, but always needed a clean boost pedal to go into the thick overdrive zone. The Clapton electronics enable the same capability without the need of a pedal. Beautiful, well thought out guitar. I've already worn out the frets twice.
I have played American Standards, Mex strats and even a few vintage strats, but this guitar just spoke to me when I picked it up and played it. Had to have it, there was no other guitar in the store that felt or played the same. I have never regretted it, as the sound, the feel, the action and the sustain are all incredible. Save your money and buy this, you will never need or want another guitar. I play this more often than my vintage '74 SG Custom or my '80 Les Paul Custom. It just sings...
Good friend of mine has the guitar, he does not play it much so every time I visit I use it through his Marshall practice amp. The sound and clarity are amazing and inspiring. The mid boost is not my cup of tea but, with it rolled off the classic strat sound is all there. The black finish is....well just black. The pick guard is a single-ply and looks cheap. The neck shape is fantastic, the nut is perfect, frets are nice and well done. When you notice in the specs that the tremolo is blocked or covered that means that there is literally a block of wood inside of rear cavity preventing tremolo from moving in addition to a silver sticker over the hole for trem arm. For the money I'm not sure it's worth it. Great investment for my friend though. It seems to have gone up in value from what he paid a few years ago. I'm not a Clapton fan so the decal of signature is of no use to me. The vintage noisless pickups get 5 stars from me.
So I've had this guitar for a few months now and figured it was time to write a review. I had gone into my local Guitar Center with the intent to look at and possibly purchase either a Highway One or American Standard, as an upgrade to the hotrodded MIM Strat I was currently playing. So I try out a Highway One, and was really not impressed, it neither felt nor sounded any better than my MIM. I tried a couple of different ones and didn't really like any of them. Same with the American Standards. So I see this Blackie hanging on the wall and I say to the sales guy "lemme see that Clapton Strat for a second" Well let me tell you, this thing played and sounded awesome from the start. Action was perfect, neck felt great, pickup response was great, and tone was absolutely fantastic, especially in the bridge/middle position - that classic Clapton sound. Of course I buy it, and now that I have gigged with it about a dozen times, it is my main stage guitar. It just has that "bite" that is awesome for playing live and the boost and TBX are nice features as well. But overall I like this guitar because it is comfortable to play and sounds great. The noiseless pickups are nice - I play through a Peavey Valveking half stack with a Boss OS-2 pedal on the clean channel and the guitar is dead quiet at all gain/distortion levels. One thing to note is that it comes with the tremelo blocked, but for me this was no big deal, I don't use it anyway.
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