Slowhand fans will love the tonally versatile signature Eric Clapton Stratocaster® guitar. Features include an alder body, three Vintage Noiseless™ pickups, active mid-boost (25 db) and TBX circuits, special soft "V"-shaped neck, and blocked original vintage synchronized tremolo.
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First of all, eric Clapton is my idol. So it's intament in that I fine a certain familiarity it this instrument. Every thing from the feel to the sound of the tone and the way it responds to my hands is what I desire; to sound like Eric Clapton. The sound is one thing, just use a maple neck Strat and put a set of vintage noiseless pickups in it and that's close enough. However the v shape neck in general was right to begin with. Before the c shape and medium jumbo frets Fender got the neck right. Of course, luthiers were already applying the v shape neck long before Fender anyway.
The point is is that I think that after all the music I've listen to, the Ec Stratocaster makes sense to me because the tone comes from years and years of Eric Clapton listening to music and trying to fine the sound he heard. It's years and years of hearing a sound and trying to replicate that tone. It's fine tuning and honing and making something great even better.
The EC Stratocaster is forever my workhorse.
This is one amazing guitar. I purchased my EC Strat about a month ago and have absolutely no regrets. As time goes on I am enjoying playing it more and more. As other reviewers have stated, the Soft “V” neck is awesome. It’s the most comfortable neck I have played and is very fast. The action can be set really low without any evidence of fret buzz. The Vintage Noiseless pickups sound great and the mid-boost really “fattens-up” the tone. With the mid-boost cranked, the guitar sounds a lot like it has humbuckers on board.
As you would expect from an American Strat, the guitar is very well built. I have the Pewter model and the finish looks flawless. The American Vintage tuners and tremolo are a nice touch. My only complaint is the 1-ply pickguard. Mine is slightly warped so it will likely be replaced soon. Other than that, almost perfect.
One thing buyers need to know is that the tremolo is blocked, which is apparently how Eric likes it. I like it as well, but for those who don’t the block can be removed.
I never thought of myself as a Strat guy, but this is easily my favorite guitar.
willmech owns this item
This is a beautiful instrument. It's a dream to play and has outstanding tone with a wide pallete of sounds from the TBX and mid-boost controls. It's a no regret purchase that just makes you want to play more!
markbt owns this item
I think I found the perfect guitar! Yes, this guitar is expensive, but after 6 months of playing it it's well worth it. First off I didn't know what to expect from the soft "v" neck, but it's the most comfortable neck I've ever played. It's fast and comfortable. No finger fatigue with lots of barre chords.
Finish is perfect. No flaws. I have the pewter finish and it's more gray than blue with a metallic look. All hardware, case, strings, etc. were good. My one complaint is the the pickguard seems flimsy and thin and I'm sure I'll replace it later. Case seems expensive and of high quality.
I love the TBX circuit and the mid-boost. Both really add to the "tonal palette" of the guitar. It really gives me more options when playing and recording. The mid-boost fattens up the tone with some distortion, but it doesn't overwhelm it. Along with my Fender Super Champ XD I can get more of the Dave Gilmour sound I've been looking for. Through a clean amp though the bridge pickup can be a little thin sounding though.
This guitar does take a little work though. The tremolo is blocked and there aren't any instructions on how to adjust the tremolo with the guitar or on Fender's website. There are plenty of YouTube videos out there on how to do it. Be warned that there is an important spring (a small one) under the sticker covering the tremolo arm hole. It would be so easy to lose and never find in a carpet. I'm still adjusting the tremolo to get it tweaked just right.
Would I buy it again? Yes!
lungfruit owns this item
I'm not Clapton and I don't really have an opinion on whether or not it should have the exact electronics at Eric's guitar has or not. As for the guitar and the type of music that I play, this guitar cannot be outdone by anything else I have ever held in my hands. The feel and the tone are amazing this guitar is what made me add a Strat to my collection.
Jhoss owns this item
I have been playing electric guitar ever since I was inspired by Eric in 1972 when I was 14. It was his playing on his solo album and Layla that lit up my little life and gave me a passion for electric guitars which have seen me through the last 42 years. I've owned and played more strats than I could possibly remember as well as guitars from all the major makers from the US and all around the world. In all this time I have only found two guitars that truly captured the sounds that I wanted to hear - this one and a 62 AVRI. What I find amazing is that I have only recently bought the "Blackie" despite being a Clapton nut - huh? I guess I just did not believe all the hype about how good these are and bought in to the attitude that signature guitars are for wannabes and not 'real' musos. Well that really makes me the dumb one as I've missed out on many years of pleasure as this is one really amazing guitar. Don't believe the naysayers, try one at your local store or wherever you can and I doubt you will be disappointed. The neck profile is a little unusual but is worth spending some time with it - the TBX and mid-boost circuits really set this apart.
stratodave owns this item
Really versatile guitar thanks to the mid boost and the TBX control. The Soft V neck Profile is easily the most comfortable guitar neck I have ever played. The vintage frets however are both a blessing and a curse. It makes some things harder and some things easier. It does however make it difficult to switch guitar especially to guitars with bigger frets. The completely satin finished neck is so smooth and to me feels better than the American Standard Neck.
I bought this guitar from a friend of mine in Dubai. I have a few other Fender products and knew the quality would be very good. When I got the guitar it needed some TLC: all the screws were rusted on the pick guard and back plate, there was gunk everywhere and someone did a very bad job mounting strap locks. After fixing and replacing the items mentioned above the guitar looks amazing! I like the way it looks with a little road rash and does not affect anything. Sound is awesome, I play hard rock and it fits perfectly. You cannot crank on this guitar , it needs to be played smoothly. If you do that you will be rewarded with great tone. Playability is great but the saddles need to be better, they are hard to palm mute. Neck and frets are awesome as well. Excellent job Fender.
markwoodbury owns this item
Hello there. I bought this guitar today used from a friend of mine. I have played it a lot for a while, i even had it with me on the road for a little while. and it is just a fantastic guitar. I have nothing bad to say about it. The pickups are great, the neck is great. This is now one of my main guitars!
halvorsån owns this item
I bought the original version with Lace Sensor pickups back in the late '90s. When I tried it out at the local music store I knew it was the sound I was looking for. It has the most comfortable neck and best sound of any strat I have owned ( I own 3 now). I tried a newer version with the Noiseless pickups a couple of days ago and it was strung with 10's which are too big for me - I recommend 9's. But the pickups were perfectly silent but still had a good bluesy tone. If I get some spare cash I may buy one.
yt354 owns this item
The guitar is perfect in every in aspect —from neck shape, action, tone electronics and the pickups. However, these improvements are needed: The single ply pick guard is cheap and too thin. mine is warping already. If fender wants to go with the 8 hole design the pickguard and tremolo cover should be 3 ply w/b/w. Also, could improve the strap buttons to strap locks for safety. The neck should have the vintage tint color. Mine is so white it almost glows in the dark. the body seems thinner and lighter, not as solid or as beefy as the American Strat which also has a tougher finish. The body just feels cheaper. It's a real nice guitar but I'm returning mine for a Jimmy Vaughan Tex Mex of the same color and saving $600.00
mikesue352 owns this item
Hi there everybody. I've been playing Fender Strats for as long as I can remember. I currently own a John Cruz Masterbuilt Stratocaster. It's a brilliant guitar but then I went down to one of my local dealers and I played a Clapton Strat and it's blow my mind. The playability, the feel, the look and the sound is totally bizarre. It's so good it's almost weird. But anyway, along with "Blackie" it's the best guitar in the world right now... #Fact!
I've tried different strats through the years and I've always felt like something was missing, but I recently purchased my Eric Clapton Strat, and this is as good as it gets. A beautiful finish with a very easy-played neck. The noiseless mics deliver a soft, delicate and rich sound when played gently, and delivers an enormous kick in the guts when needed. My preferred guitar until this moment was a Gibson Les Paul '77, but it's no real competition. Clapton's Strat together with my Fender Deluxe Hotrod amp literally blows the audience out of their shoes. If you are looking for just one guitar, this is the one you want.
kaigul72 owns this item
Eric Clapton is a great guitar player. This strat has a good sound, comfortable body and neck with a beatiful finish..
So much has been said about this guitar, that I'm not sure I could add anything which hasn't been said already. I've owned and played over ten Strats of one type or another, and this is by far the very best one ever made. The neck is very comportable to play. The pickups (mine are the Lace Sensors) sound beautiful all by themselves without the mid-range boost. The mid-range boost adds more color, depth, sustain, and overall volume that makes this guitar worth every penny.
Two things I would change. One I would put bigger prets on the guitar and two give it a nitro finish. As to the most current pickups, They are really nice when overdriven, but they don't sound as good to me as the Lace Sensors.
Though Eric prefers the VN pickups, I am partial to the Gold Lace Sensors. I owned a '97 'Blackie' which I swapped out for a Custom Shop guitar. I ultimately acquired an '89 Pewter, in very good condition. For me, the neck on the Clapton is the best in the Fender line. The only change I would make to the design of this guitar would be a nod to the the original, giving it the deep '57 belly cut and softer body contours. I'm also partial to soid maple necks with 21 frets. I also feel that, if Clapton's stage guitars do not have a TBX, a conventional tone control should be part of the circuitry of all three levels of Clapton Stratocasters.
ZZDoc owns this item
This guitar is far better than the Standard American Strat. The neck is super playable, the pickups are dead quiet, and the mid boost gives a fat, humbucker-like tone. I wouldn't trade this guitar for any other.
ericdbourassa owns this item
I recently purchased an Eric Clapton Strat that was made in 1996. It has the old Lace Sensors that pre-dated the Vintage Noiseless pickups on it now. What I found I liked more than I expected was the mid range boost tone knob. It really does take the volume to a whole different level while you are playing in a way that changes the character of the tone. I haven't used it a lot yet, but I look forward to seeing what it can do in a live situation. The other thing that knocked me out was the feel of this neck. Like the American Deluxe I used to have, it has a soft v-neck. But this one feels more rounded and even more comfortable. I know it's a 9.5" neck radius, but it feels more like a vintage neck. Mine is Pewter, which just seems to be the norm for this model. I have no issue with the trem being blocked since I don't use it much, anyway. I could have just as easily been fine with a hardtail unit. So far, so good. The only issue I had to have fixed was a slot in the nut needed to be filled to prevent string buzz. Just a strange little quirk that was taken care of before I picked it up. Can't wait to use it more!
Spareparts owns this item
|Model Name:||Eric Clapton Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Olympic White|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Soft "V"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||1/8" American Series|
|Headstock:||Artist Signature on Headstock|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt with Micro-Tilt™|
|Bridge Pickup:||Vintage Noiseless™ Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||Vintage Noiseless™ Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Vintage Noiseless™ Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. Master TBX™ Tone Control, Tone 2. Master Active Mid Boost (0-25dB). Mid boost kit|
|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|
|Special Electronics:||Active Electronics|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||American Vintage|
|Tuning Machines:||6-in-Line American Vintage|
|Control Knobs:||White Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Special Soft "V" Shape Neck, Blocked Tremolo, Active Mid-Boost Circuit|
|Included Accessories:||Vintage Tweed Case, Strap, Cable|
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