Fender Eric Clapton Artist Series Stratocaster (Maple with Case)

Feature: What it does:
Soft V-shape profile Straight grain cut for more sustain; vintage feel
Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups Stacked single-coil pickups; vintage output
Blocked synchronized tremolo Holds tremolo static to body; increasing resonance
Active mid-boost circuit Fender/Clapton 25 dB mid-boost circuit
- Body: Alder
- Neck: Maple, Soft 'V' Shape
- Machine Heads: Vintage Style
- Fingerboard: Maple (9.5 in. Radius/241 mm)
- No. of Frets: 22 'Vintage' Style Frets
- Pickguard: 1-Ply White
- Pickups: 3 Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickups (Neck, Middle, Bridge)
- Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. Master TBX, Tone 2. Master Active Mid Boost (0-25db)
- Bridge: 'Blocked' American Vintage Tremolo

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

- Scale Length: 25.5 in. (648 mm)
- Width at Nut: 1.650 in. (42 mm)
- Strings: Fender Super 250R's (.010 to .046) Nickel Plated Steel
- Source: U.S.
- Hardware: Chrome
- Specs: Subject to Change Without Notice
- Series: Artist Signature Series
- Accessories: Tweed Case, Strap, Cable
- Introduced: 7/2001
- Wrench Sizes: .050 in. Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench, 1/8 in. Truss Rod Adjustment Wrench
- Unique Features: Special Soft "V" Shape Neck, Blocked Tremolo, Active Mid-Boost Circuit
- Switching Model: 1
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black
Shipping Weight: 25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 44 x 18 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0117602806
Olympic White
Shipping Weight: 23 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 41 x 17 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0117602805
Pewter
Shipping Weight: 24 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0117602843
Torino Red
Shipping Weight: 24 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0117602858

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster

Here's an updated version of the Clapton Signature Strat, guaranteed to please all you "Slowhand" fans. The updates are a trio of Fender's Vintage Noiseless pickups, a powerful active mid-boost and TBX circuits, making it one of the most tonefully versatile instruments Fender offers. Other unique features include a special soft "V" shape neck and blocked original vintage synchronized tremolo bridge. U.S. made.

Features

- Body: Alder
- Neck: Maple, Soft "V" Shape
- Machine Heads: Vintage Style
- Fingerboard: Maple
- Pickguard: 1-Ply White
- Pickups: 3 Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickups (Neck, Middle, Bridge)
- Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. Master TBX, Tone 2. Master Active Mid Boost (0-25db)
- Bridge: "Blocked" American Vintage Tremolo
- Pickup Switching: 5-Way
- Hardware: Chrome
- Accessories: Tweed Case, Strap, Cable
- Unique Features: Special Soft "V" Shape Neck, Blocked Tremolo, Active Mid-Boost Circuit
(302 ratings)
Submitted January 27, 2020 by Peter G
"My Go-to guitar"
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful.
Just a fabulous, playable guitar, the best I've ever played.

Sound
I can get any sound I want just through the pickup selector, tbx and midrange boost controls, and the master volume takes it over the edge for extra crunch. Playing by myself I preferred the middle pickup, but in a band situation the neck pup cuts through brilliantly with lovely clean treble twang. This is a great guitar for biting blues or rock tones, or dial it back for a nice soft clean tone. I mostly play through a Blackstar TVP 60 or Marshall DSL40, but I keep both mostly clean where it's just starting to break up, which I can control by my attack.

Features
The best feature for me is the playability of the neck. The satin finish combined with the low vintage frets is just super smooth. I played about a dozen different Strat models before finding the EC, and once I played it there was no other choice to make. The noiseless vintages pups are a breeze, and the controls do everything Fender claims.

Ease of Use
The EC just fell to hand for me immediately, like no other guitar I'd played before or since. 'Nuff said. The pups allow me to keep tight control on feedback only when I want it.

Quality
This is a pure quality instrument, and I love everything about it. Having said that, after 2 years there's quite a bit of fret wear from bending, so I'll need to refret with stainless steel read more wire for longer wear. The volume pot has started to get a bit dirty and noisy, so it needs a clean, even though I've only played in clean environments.

Value
Worth it's weight in gold. I have not played another guitar that makes me want to buy it.

Manufacturer Support
Haven't need manufacturer support, but in Australia I have Fender-registered luthiers.

The Wow Factor
This is EC's guitar, as close as I'll ever get, which is a big selling point. But sheer playability, quality, and value for money, plus pride of ownership, make it simply the best.

Musical Background:
Intermediate guitarist, playing at home and in a band.

Musical Style:
Rock, blues, contemporary
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