30th Anniversary Eric Clapton Stratocaster With Black Journeyman Relic Finish

In 1987 Eric Clapton retired his famous Stratocaster, “Blackie”, and approached the Fender Custom Shop to design a replacement to his specifications. Fender unveiled the result in 1988: the Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster and the first guitar in the company’s Artist Series.

To celebrate the EC Signature Strat’s milestone anniversary, Fender has announced the Limited Edition Eric Clapton 30th Anniversary Stratocaster with the new Journeyman Relic® finish in black. Available only in 2018, there is a custom-built version and master-built option. The Todd Krause master-built Stratocaster is limited to 30 instruments worldwide.

The Journeyman Relic finish makes the select two-piece alder body look and feel like it’s seen countless gigs and lets the wood breathe with natural resonance. True to EC’s own guitars, the maple neck has the ultra-comfortable custom “Soft V” neck profile, blocked six-screw American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, TBX tone control, Vintage Noiseless pickups and active +25dB mid boost. Other features include a 9.5”-radius fingerboard with 22 vintage-size frets, 5-way switching, single-ply Parchment pickguard, vintage-style hardware, bone nut, wing string tree and Clapton’s signature on the headstock. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

Last year, the Fender Custom Shop introduced the Journeyman Relic finish in 2-color sunburst or aged white blonde. 

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Limited Edition Eric Clapton 30th Anniversary Stratocaster Specifications
Model Number:  1507002806
Series:  Custom Artist
Color:  Black
Body:  Stratocaster® 2-Piece Select Alder
Finish:  Journeyman Relic® Lacquer
Neck Material:  1-Piece Quartersawn Maple
Neck Shape:  Soft “V”
Scale Length:  25.5″ (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius:  9.5″ (241 mm)
Number of Frets:  22
Fret Size:  Vintage-Style
String Nut:  Bone
Nut Width:  1.650″ (42 mm)
Truss Rod Nut:  1/8″ American Series
Headstock:  Standard Stratocaster®
Neck Plate:  4-Bolt Special “Limited Edition”
Neck Finish:  Relic’d Lacquer
Fingerboard:  Maple
Position Inlays:  Black Dots
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
Pickup Configuration:  SSS
Bridge:  6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Tuning Machines:  Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
Orientation:  Right-Hand
Pickguard:  1-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs:  White Plastic
Strings:  Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Included Accessories:  Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity

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