A 2014 Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster, once owned and played onstage extensively by Eric Clapton, is going up for auction.
Assembled to Clapton's exacting specifications by the Fender Custom Shop, and used as one of the primary guitars during his 2014 70th Birthday world tour and the 2015 Royal Albert Hall performance that was recorded for the live album Slowhand at 70, the guitar is being put up for sale by Iconic Auctions (opens in new tab).
Modeled after Clapton's legendary "Brownie" Strat, this Custom Shop build sports a maple neck and fretboard, a sunburst finish, and three single-coil pickups with a typical Strat control layout.
The eventual buyer of the guitar will receive a Clapton-signed letter of authenticity that reads (opens in new tab) “I am writing to confirm that I own and have played the following guitar: Fender EC Custom Strat: serial number CZ524493.” A number of photographs and videos also confirm the guitar's provenance.
Bidding for the Strat will close this Saturday, May 15. The current high bid for the guitar stands at $32,211.
For more info on the guitar, head on over to iconicauctions.com (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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