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Eric Clapton Stratocaster, STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender belonging to the [Artist Series] Eric Clapton Stratocaster model.


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Prices starting at $1,600 average price: $2,180

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  • Manufacturer:Fender
  • Model:[Artist Series] Eric Clapton Stratocaster
  • Category:STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on:04/10/2006

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MGR/Anonymous02/05/2003

MGR/Anonymous's review"Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster"

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
I didn't purchased an EC Strat yet, because it's an American-made model. USA Strats are well crafted, but unfortunately, the prices remained too high.

This Strat was faithfully fashioned after the legendary "Blackie", but it was loaded with the Elite Strat's active circuiry. It has 25dB of midrange boost gain, Gold Lace Sensor single-coils and a factory-blocked vintage-style tremolo bridge (Three Vintage Noiseless single-coils replaced the Lace Sensors at the beginning of 2001). But if you want to upgrade your EC Strat with the priceful American Deluxe/Plus features, you can replace the Gold Lace Sensor pickups with three different coloured sensors: Blue, Silver, Red. They offer the widest palette of tonal variations as you did expect from a Strat, along with the powerful TBX and mid-boost circuits. Schaller hardware (straplock buttons and locking tuners) are standard, and, ironically, a Fender/Floyd Rose Deluxe double-locking tremolo with polished steel saddles and snap-in arm and an LSR roller nut completes the package with Fender Original Bullet 1550 strings (10-46) and an American Deluxe neck with detailed nut and fret treatment and abalone dot markers, coupled with Clapton's signature stamped at the headstock's corner.

Nothing, except for the missing active/passive toggle switch to preserve battery power consumption. This feature, found on the Richie Sambora model, was extremely useful when your battery was dead. Sadly, I'm afraid that Fender's R&D guys hadn't more enough time to install a similar one on the Clapton/Guy signatures and to the Mexican Deluxe Powerhouse model. But you can eventually send an e-mail to Fender to fit an active/passive toggle switch on these guitars.

Excellent craftsmanship and flawless quality. It looks like a vintage Strat, but it becomes a solid rock guitar when you play it with the mid-boost and TBX controls cranked up to the full and your favorite amp's "distortion" effect activated for a great humbucker sound and the awesome, punchy overdriven sound that Clapton was best known for.

The Clapton Strat was certainly an excellent instrument and unlike other many traditional Strats, it was the first signature guitar in the Fender line that share the peculiar Elite active electronics. Another signature model featuring the same powerful active circuitry was undoubtedly the Buddy Guy Strat, who had either brown shell or pearl white pickguards fitted and was designed to meet the huge needs of a real hot blues machine like Buddy Guy himself.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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iamqman02/14/2012

iamqman's review"Cream"

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
This guitar is just flat-out ripping shredding instrument that can go left right upper down is probably the most versatility then any other guitar on the planet. The balance weight and feel of this guitarist is the simple arranged and designed almost to perfection. There hasn't been a whole lot of extra features that really changed the dynamics of the car overtime but there has been a few modifications but still retains most of the inherent true nature of this instrument.


UTILIZATION

Neck Shape: Soft "V" Shape
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Vintage Style Frets
Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Headstock: Artist Signature on Headstock
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt™
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series Nut
Electronics
Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
Bridge Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Strat® Pickup
Middle Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Strat® Pickup
Neck Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Strat® Pickup
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
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. Master TBX™ Tone Control, Tone 2. Master Active Mid Boost (0-25dB). Mid boost kit
Hardware
Hardware: Chrome
Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Switch Tip: White Switch Tip
Tremolo Arm/Handle: American Vintage Tremolo Arm

SOUNDS

This guitar features three single coil pickups a volume control knob and two tone control knobs. In addition to that you have a five way pick up the selector which allows you to pick up each pick up as well as the two positions on the outside of the middle pick up. It's a pretty self explanatory and feature wise guitar.

If you've ever played if Strat then you know it exactly what you're getting get from this instrument. You're getting get a room full of and I feel that is on compost. The tone is guitar sounds fantastic and pretty much any amplifier so you put it in a clean amplifier all the way between modern high gain amplifier instruments going to sound great. It takes pedals well so if you have any rack unit with effects or whatever, this guitar will sound fantastic.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall this is a cool guitar for someone who is a Eric C fan. If you are not there are many other Fender Strat models to choose form and you will be happy with pretty much and of those models. This is a cool guitar for the EC lovers out there and there are a lot of them out there. I personally am not not a EC fan so this guitar doesn't appeal to me but I do appreciate the sound that it produces and the look as well. So if you are an EC fanboy than this may be something that you want to look at for you guitar collection.
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iamqman01/31/2012

iamqman's review"Candy Green"

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
The Fender Strat is a great sounding instrument that has a variety of tones with a large amount of tonal appeal. You can gets o many tones out of this one guitar. This is one of his guitars and really adapt to whatever you're getting it. However they really retain that nuance in tow that is distinctly a fender Stratocaster sound. They won't hide the they are especially in the next position where they are very distinguishable from any other instrument. You can immediately tell a fender Stratocaster guitar in the back position over any other guitar out there. Very distinct tone and a property that sounds like nothing else.

UTILIZATION

Neck Shape: Soft "V" Shape
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Vintage Style Frets
Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Headstock: Artist Signature on Headstock
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt™
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series Nut
Electronics
Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
Bridge Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Strat® Pickup
Middle Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Strat® Pickup
Neck Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Strat® Pickup
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
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. Master TBX™ Tone Control, Tone 2. Master Active Mid Boost (0-25dB). Mid boost kit

SOUNDS


I really love the tone of these instruments primarily in a good hard rock amplifier setting. Whether that be a Marshall amplifier, Mesa boogie, or Bogner amplifier the guitar sound is fantastic. As long as you get some good overdrive whether that be a medium gain overdrive setting all the way to a high gain setting it is really good to give you a nice sustain, but they don't stop there, if you're playing them in a good clean fender amplifier.... you're going to get a sweet clean tone that is very addictive. No matter what you're playing with this guitar is going to sound fantastic.

OVERALL OPINION


You can find these guitars new right around $1300 or so. That's very good price for American built guitar that is extremely versatile and a signature series. These instruments have a great tone and a great feel and allow the dynamics of the player to give their honest playability. They're available to play and I highly recommend any guitarist out there to own one of these at some point in their career. These are great guitars for recording is well and they sound even better and a live band situation.
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Hatsubai10/25/2011

Hatsubai's review"One of the more famous strats"

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
The Fender Eric Clapton signature strat has been around for quite awhile now. It's also been through various reiterations throughout the years. The one I'll be referring to was made around 2008, so it has most of the latest features at the time this review was written. The guitar is actually very similar to most of the regular models in the Fender production line in that it has an alder body, maple neck, SSS configuration and so on. Even the V neck isn't that unique anymore. The things that stand out on this guitar would be the TBX control and mid boost.

UTILIZATION

Fender did a pretty good job at packing a good amount of things in this guitar. For the longest time, it was one of the more versatile guitars Fender had in their lineup. The soft V neck is a very comfortable neck, and I actually think the current one might be a bit thinner than the older ones, but that's just going off of memory. The fretwork is generally good on these models, and the one I played had some decent fretwork, but be aware that you should probably play them.

SOUNDS

The noiseless pickups in this are very nice. They quack nicely, sound great on their own, the clean tone is fairly chimey, and the mid gain tones work nicely. High gain tones can get a little sloppy, but it depends on what you're going for. Personally, I think high gain single coil tones can be absolutely ripping in certain situations. The two biggest features this thing has are the TBX and mid boost feature. The TBX is basically a treble/bass cut with a center detent. You can control how fat or how bitey you want the pickups to be. The midboost is like a built-in clean boost inside the guitar which works great for solo lines.

OVERALL OPINION

I'm not a huge fan of signature gear, but the Clapton strats are pretty good guitars for the money, especially considering how they're a bit more versatile than your off the shelf strat. Like all Fenders, you should really play one before buying as fretwork can be a bit iffy depending on how the luthiers were feeling at the time.
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