Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
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Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster

Eric Clapton Stratocaster, STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Eric Clapton series.

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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.
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.
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.
iamqman08/12/2011

iamqman's review"Eric fanboi's unite"

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
During many artists careers they sometimes get the opportunity to have their own signature music equipment. Eric Clapton is one of the most recognized and influential guitarists in modern time. He inspired a generation of blues rock players from all over the world. He primarily played a Fender Stratocaster guitar throughout his career but also dabbled in many other builds from other manufacturers. So it is fitting for Fender Stratocaster to give Eric his own signature guitar.

The tone of this guitar is pretty much standard Fender Stratocaster tone. There isn't much variance in the voicings of any stratocaster you come across. The pickups in this guitar are the vintage style noiseless pickups. They are single coils so you still have that tone, but you don't have all the hum that a normal single coil pickup what have.

UTILIZATION


Body: Alder
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)
Fretboard: Maple
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
Tuning Machines: Vintage Style Tuning Machines
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Switch Tip: White Switch Tip
Tremolo Arm/Handle: American Vintage Tremolo Arm

SOUNDS


If you're a fan of any Fender Stratocaster guitar than your are probably a fan of the tone that this guitar has. It's a classic Fender Strat tone which doesn't sound like any other guitar but simply Fender Stratocaster. If you're fan of Eric Clapton this is going to be the guitar for you. It has the soft V-shaped neck profile and the vintage style frets. It has his signature on the headstock as well as his preferred vintage noiseless strat pickups.

This guitar can fit with any amp that you have no matter what it is, high gain or even clean amp. This guitar will give you a great tone and you can really hear the great alder wood mixed with the maple neck. This is a classic would combination and one of the most highly used wood combinations for most guitars that Fender has built.

OVERALL OPINION


If you're looking for a Fender Stratocaster guitar and you're a big fan of Eric Clapton than this is probably the guitar you would want to buy. If you just want a simple Fender Stratocaster guitar than I wouldn't spend the extra for $500 to buy this guitar with his certain features that he likes on the guitar. At new these guitars come in right around $1600, so for signature guitar that is still a pretty good deal. I would only recommend this guitar to a fanatic Eric Clapton fan. It has a cool feel though a little bit different feel, so it can take some time getting used to but overall it's a pretty cool guitar if you're a fan of his music.
King Loudness08/12/2011

King Loudness's review"You win some, you lose some"

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
The Fender Eric Clapton Strat was one of the very first signature guitars designed by Fender way back in the bygone '80s. It has stood the test of time whilst Slowhand keeps on playing. The signature look of his black Strat has become ingrained in a generation's mind when they think of EC. It was basically designed to take EC's favourite old Strat "Blackie" and bring it into the modern age with some updates and refinements. It features an alder body, a maple neck with custom "V" shape and 22 frets, standard bridge and tuners, and Fender Noiseless pickups with custom 12db midrange boost to beef up the overall tonal character. Here's the full list of specs:


Body Alder
Neck 1-Piece Maple, Soft V Shape,
(Satin Urethane Finish)
Fingerboard Maple, 9.5 Radius (241 mm)
No. of Frets 22 Vintage Style Frets
Pickups 3 Vintage Noiseless Pickups (Neck, Middle, Bridge)
Controls Master Volume,
Tone 1. Master TBX Tone Control,
Tone 2. Master Active Mid Boost (0-25dB)
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
Bridge Blocked American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Machine Heads Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style Tuning Machines
Hardware Nickel/Chrome
Pickguard 1-Ply White, (8-Hole)
Scale Length 25.5 (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.650 (42 mm)
Unique Features Special Soft "V" Shape Neck,
Blocked Tremolo,
Active Mid-Boost Circuit
Accessories Vintage Tweed Case, Strap, Cable

UTILIZATION

This guitar was designed after a late '50s platform, so the general feel of it is very close to the real deal, just with a few tweaks as per EC's request. The most notable is the V neck. Personally, I cannot gel with the V neck at all and it would be the sole reason I would never buy a Clapton Strat, regardless of how good it sounds or looks. It just feels far too awkward for my hand, especially when I'm used to thicker necked Gibsons. However, many other players swear by it, so it's definitely in the court of opinion to decide. Otherwise it has a really cool and useful set of features that bring a '50s Strat and a modern Strat together. The weight is medium with these guitars, and it's contoured just like a '57. The upper fret access is the same here as any other standard Strat design.

Getting a nice tone out of this guitar is not difficult because of the Noiseless pickups combined with the 12db midrange booster. It is a setup that allows the user to go from pure vintage Strat chime and quack to some extremely thick and syrupy lead tones with some SERIOUS mojo. It has a bit of a learning curve but it sounds great once you get it.

SOUNDS

The tones of this guitar are really cool to my ears. I'm all for two things... classic Strat and then really thick and juicy Strat. This guitar was the one that begun the marriage of both, and we can thank EC's ears for bringing us those wonderful tones. Plugged into a clean Fender amp, the tones are definitely that of a good S... covering everything from blues to jazz to surf to whatever else. However, once you kick that 12db mid boost in, it's really kickin' and clippin'. Overtones really start to appear and those beautiful odd order harmonics that I love so much are really apparent even on the cleanest of sounds. It's a great way to get that subtly broken up bluesy tone that so many of us covet from time to time.

Overdrive tones are as good on this guitar as they're gonna get for pure Strat meets raunchy fat. The pickups have a quality that exchanges some of that primary Strat chime for a bit more oomph and kick in the lower register. This on its own produces a sound that is perfect for late '60s psychedelia on through '70s arena rock. Kick on that mid booster, step up, turn your Marshall to 11 and watch as that black Strat just starts to shake... close your eyes and you'd swear you had a really light Gibson in your hands. Tones just have a whole other dimension with the booster kicked in, and it's really awesome that they found a way to blend the Strat and the Gibson tones together. Now if only it wasn't for that pesky V neck...

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Eric Clapton Strat is a fantastic guitar for someone looking for a great vintage feeling, versatile TONE machine. However, I'm not a V neck guy and can't gel with the feel, so I know it isn't for me. At $1,600 new these guitars are a great deal for what you get, and if you're a V neck/Clapton/thick tone fan, this guitar is sure to please.
Hatsubai06/23/2011

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.
Hatsubai04/25/2011

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.
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
taylor7303/05/2014

taylor73's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the best of the best!"

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
clapton fender strato signing usa corona 2010 model, selected wood, soft v neck, thin frets vintagse, mechanical and vintage easel, wooden block under way vibrato Clapton, fender noiseless pickups with active electronics, medium +25 db boost knob on the bottom etc.. Knowing that I have the model series and not the custom. I tested the clapton custom shop model and serial calpton my blind with a pot that has a custom shop model clapton 2011. Impossible to tell the difference between the two models, clean crunch and saturated all the same, and playability issue, I do not know if I came across an extraordinary series model, but my guitar series seemed easier to play and my friend, to his great disappointment, was of the same opinion (knowing more than was coming out of his guitar luthier) It will just pay 1000 euros more than a model new signing! That said he has informed the fender custom shop, who told him that his guitar sound better in 20 years! LOL

UTILIZATION

the handle can be a little confusing at first, but after two or months of regular use, you will consider as the best by far. I have a fender usa deluxe, a Gibson Les Paul traditional, a Gretsch 6120. I thought I had the ultimate in terms of gameplay well ....... NO. This sleeveless v clapton soft thin vintage frets is a wonder to my little mimines, it almost plays itself. a real treat!
As for ergonomics, I thought finding the body already comfortable in my deluxe. Clapton is one of the vintage inspired styles, slightly thinner,
Ergonomic, really surprising!

SOUNDS

Sound: it puts a slap to all my other guitars, which potato, which slammed!
even gibson is eat (with a slight less heat yet but really light!). Incredible versatility, and blues fans, this is the guitar for you absolutely especially if you connect a good fender amp. Personally I plugged into my fender supersonic 22w is top notch.

OVERALL OPINION

I have since 3 months, it is very simple I do not touch my other guitars and yet they are all references. This guitar really bluffing, it pays not mine yourself facing a 6120 Gretsh or even a traditional Les Paul. But what balance, what gameplay, what sound.
Any guitarist worthy of the name must own one or at least try one someday. But be careful to try to adopt it, unless you mittens and sand in the ears, and I tell you this is a BOMB, really, the best of the best. Thank you "Slow hand" to have been the inspiration for this marvel!
Linn Sondek06/02/2013

Linn Sondek's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good!"

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
U.S. manufacturing.
Vintage vibrato bridge but factory, Clapton blocked not only by serving.
3 Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups.
1 volume, 1 tone with TBX and active control swelling mediums and producing a sound between single and double coil.
Handle big enough (I'm surprised at the description of the previous opinion) deeper than an American Standard or American Series New. I do not know what it is in comparison to the round of New American Standard.
Very thin frets, vintage type.
Comes in a beautiful bag, tweed finish with jack and strap. The tremolo, unmounted, is present.

UTILIZATION

I never managed to make me totally neck profile and if these fine frets.
Classic ergonomics for Strat, that is to say, perfect! Access to acute is more than easy.
The sound palette offered by this guitar is very broad and versatile. The presence of a TBX on the single tone knob and an active control on the last knob gives many combinations. With this active boost, sustain and is therefore close to what can be achieved with a good humbucker.
Noiseless pickups are very good even though I've always found it lacked a bit of character. The advantage of such microphones is the lack of noise in the neck position, middle or bridge alone. Their presence is necessitated by the existence of Boost is inevitably noise generator.

SOUNDS

All kinds of sounds are allowed. Clean the lens (accentuated by the kit Noiseless) to large distortion inflated by active boost, this Strat can do everything. It is perhaps the most versatile Fender catalog.

OVERALL OPINION

I used more or less, this guitar for 8 years. But in the end, it was the Strat I played the least. We never managed to hear properly, the fault of the neck profile and ultra-thin frets that intonation does not really satisfy me. I liked so much my American Standard, or even more, my American Series Strat.
But it is a very good guitar.