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Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar  Pewter

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The Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster gives you awesome pickups, sweeping tones, excellent action and a super comfortable neck. Fender's Vintage Noiseless pickups were Eric's choice for updating his signature model. Powerful active mid boost (+25dB) and TBX circuits give it even greater tonal versatility. Alder body. V-shaped neck. 9-1/2"-radius fretboard. Blocked original vintage synchronized tremolo bridge. Made in the U.S.

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The latest evolution of the popular Clapton Strat.

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  • Vintage Noiseless„¢ pickups
  • Powerful active mid boost and TBX circuits
  • Blocked original vintage synchronized tremolo bridge
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FenderArtist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 103 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good pick up (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (5)
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Definitely one of the most versatile Strats available today.

Rather than having three or four electric guitars, I wanted a single guitar which provided maximum versatility. It may not be as purely single coil as some strats, and it won't compete with...Read complete review

Rather than having three or four electric guitars, I wanted a single guitar which provided maximum versatility. It may not be as purely single coil as some strats, and it won't compete with a Les Paul if you are exclusively into humbucker tones. The strength of this guitar is that it will cover any kind of style well, if not great. When I combine the versatility, with the silence of the vintage noiseless pickups, I couldn't be more pleased. As with any guitar, I'd strongly suggest trying it out in person, rather than purchasing impulsively because of glowing reviews.
In my house, I play guitar strictly at lower volume. The typical single coil hum, which isn't much of an issue in louder settings, is very annoying at bedroom levels. The vintage noiseless pickups are a great comprimise between vintage strat tone and blissful silence. Some purists (of which I am certainly not one,) claim the noisless pickups are sterile and bland. I have no problem with them - especially considering they remove the sc hum. The main feature that differentiates the Clapton Strat from other American guitars is the TBX/mid-boost circuits. In the middle position, the TBX is equivalent to both the tone and bass controls at 10. Turned to the right or left of middle, either the bass or treble will be removed. The effect is particularly nice on the high end. That said, the mid-boost is much more noticeable. Having an additional +25dB clean boost really makes a difference when you want to simply add some growl to your tone. When used in tandem, the TBX/mid-boost circuits add quite a bit of versatility to the traditional strat tone. If you're the kind of person who tinkers with dozens of pedals and special effects, these features may not be of much interest. On the other hand, if you are looking for a simple all-in-one guitar which is capable of both single coil and humbuckerish tones without having to change guitars or constantly tinker with extra gear, this is your guitar. If this guitar is anything, it's versatile.
No complaints whatsoever with quality. Everything is solid and just as it should be. The main complaints I see are typically the 1-ply pickguard and the vintage frets. These complaints are more personal preference related, and not really an issue with quality.
The quality of foreign made guitars seems to be getting better and better, and at ridiculously low prices. While the Clapton strat is a great guitar, I wouldn't call it (or any Artist Series guitar,) a great value.

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A signature guitar for the right reason

There are lots of guitars to choose from. However, when you find a signature guitar, you expect the best. The new Fender Eric Clapton Signature guitar is just that, "the...Read complete review

There are lots of guitars to choose from. However, when you find a signature guitar, you expect the best. The new Fender Eric Clapton Signature guitar is just that, "the best" The guitar has great tone, and is easy to play. For anyone who loves to play guitar, and is a fan of Eric Clapton, this is the guitar to own!

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5.0

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from Manhattan

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I use it for practice and jamming with friends. Its a great guitar. My second Strat..
    I play E.C., G Harrison, Eagles, Led Zeppelin and that style.

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    5.0

    More Than Just A Guitar

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    from NC

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      The Fender Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster guitar was not the first Fender I looked at to purchase. After 45 years of playing I thought it was time to own a Fender. The guitar arrived in August, early Christmas I suppose, and we traveled upstairs to the music room. The ceremonial box opening and unwrapping revealed a beauty and it was love at first sight. After playing for just a few minutes I knew this would be an everlasting love..... I know, a cheesy comment but...... The guitar felt right. The smoothness of the neck and the spacing of the frets felt almost as if the guitar was custom made for my fingers. Honestly it was hard to put it down. Ideas sprang into my head and I remembered receiving an ipod several Christmas' ago. After a half hour search I found it and the next step was to get some backing tracks on it. That's when the real fun began. That Fender sound is just so ubiquitous. I mean I sat there for a good three hours playing those blues backing tracks over and over and over gaining more inspiration with every lick. It just tasted that good.
      Now after three months it is still inspiring to play and the honeymoon is still going strong. Actually I look forward to playing this guitar everyday as it seems it has allowed me to work harder and longer with little or no fatigue. There is very little to not like about this instrument. The two smallest things are the tight squeeze for the midboost battery and a lower E-string placement that needs a little adjustment. What I mean by that last remark is that sometimes after a flurry or phrase ending on the E-string, if you catch the string just the wrong way it wants to pop a little over the edge of the fretboard. I hope to find a remedy for this but I'm not sure what actually causes this except for a lack of tension in the string windings.
      I love this guitar and will be looking at Fender again for a Telecaster.

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      5.0

      Great guitar

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      from Center Ice

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I purchased the pewter Clapton sig and I truly believe it is the missing piece of tone I have been looking for. Set-up was perfect out of the box. Plugged into my rig and it just came alive. With the boost it truly is possible to get humbucker like sounds. Individual notes ring clear. No hum. It really is just a great guitar that I can see becoming my number 1. The only issue I have seen is a gap between the pick guard and the guitar body which, after researching, is pretty common on single layer 8 screw guards. Neck is very comfortable. I had considered an American Deluxe Shawbucker but really did not care for the neck on that particular guitar.

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          5.0

          Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster

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          from California

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            A great guitar right out of the box. Neck and electronics are first-rate. No complaints at all.

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            5.0

            Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar

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            from California

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            Pros

            • Exceptional Construction
            • Fantastic sound
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              A great guitar out of the box. Nothing to complain about here.

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              5.0

              Waited 15 years for this guitar

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              from St. Louis, Mo

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              Pros

              • Addictive To Play
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Blues Rock
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I waited 15 years to afford this guitar and finally have it! I played a late 60's Flying V and a 335 decades ago but switched to a Tele in the mid '90's and bought a MIM SFR '52 Tele 2 years ago, which I love. Now, with the EC, I am set. The EC arrived in tune (!), feels great, with low action but no buzz or fret out, and not too low, so I can easily bend (best action on a guitar I have ever played). I have examined it several times and found no defects. I would highly recommend this guitar. My fav guitarist is EC, not because he is the best technically (far from it) but because he is a simple player with great tone and emotion...plus I can steal his licks!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Eric Clapton Artist Series Strat

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              from Petaluma, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                Even though this was an "Open Box" guitar it arrived in "Mint" condition as described. It was even in tune. The guitar is setup perfectly. No fret buzz or intonation issues at all. It is a solid guitar with great features and sound. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an American Artist Series Stratocaster.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                5 star guitar!!!

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                from New Mexico

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                Pros

                • Dynamic In Every Way
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Powerful
                • Raunchy
                • Soft And Clean
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • everything
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  If your thinking of buying a great guitar do not hesitate cause this is the one. This guitar has it all it's smooth as butter, raunchy and plays like a dream. I use this guitar for blues but this guitar could be used for any genre. It's simply amazing in every way. This guitar sounds so good it's hard to stop playing it once you start. God bless Eric Clapton for sharing this masterpiece.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  There is no other guitar after this one!

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                  from Philadelphia, PA

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                    I put a lot of thought into which guitar was the one for me. Although Eric Clapton is one of my heroes, I didn't buy this guitar because of the name on the headstock. I knew I wanted a Strat that wouldn't fret out on with low action and one that would give me a "Gibsonish" tone when I wanted it without having to switch guitars or rely on effect pedals.

                    I looked no further than the EC Strat which has the 9.5 radius fretboard and the Active Mid Boost and TBX controls (which I have rolled all the way up most of the time). I even like the Vintage Noiseless pickups with Mid-Boost rolled off, they sound like "Brownie" (Clapton's original Strat). I rarely use the in-between positions (2 and 4) on the pickup selector. I love that it came set up hardtailed with a wooden block in the tremolo cavity, I hate how most Strats come out of the factory set up with a floating tremolo. Thank you Fender!

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                    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best guitar ever.

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                    from New Bedford, MA

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      This guitar plays like a dream.

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