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Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar Pewter 888365933672 (Open Box)
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The latest evolution of the popular Clapton Strat.

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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FEATURES
  • 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 108 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Solid electronics (15)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Recording (9)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Great Guitar

By James

from Philadelphia

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Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Great Guitar. If you get any work done to your guitar and live in Philly, stay away from Ron Ruggiero. This guitar can play any kind of music

     
    5.0

    Hands down the nicest Stratocaster I have

    By Carl

    from New Jersey

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    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:

      When you ask yourself how can I get the Eric Clapton tone the answer is buy an Eric Clapton artist series Stratocaster That's the bottom line. I bought the pewter very classy looking.

       
      5.0

      most versatile strat ive seen

      By steve m.

      from rome ga.

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 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:

        I have owned many strats this one is at the top of that list the feel, sound,versatilityamazing

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would re-order this product without any hesitation

        By Dean

        from Kingsport, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I love this guitar, without hesitation I would order it again. The biggest complaint that I read about prior to purchase were the vintage frets. I absolutely love them. No snag, no issues with bending or sliding. I think the ease of transition from position to position is increased due to the decreased fret height. The electronics are awesome. The noiseless pickup system is great when you have a variety of instruments and lighting in close proximity to one another. There is no feedback at all.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Yes I would buy it again!

          By Arnold

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          This is a great Guitar for me. I had purchased one before, and gave it to my son who had begin playing with a group. I missed the feel and sound of it, so when I got the chance to buy another one I did. I still enjoy playing this guitar. Its my favorite one. I have a gibson les paul, a bb king epi, and es 175 epi. I like this one and was pleasantly surprised with being used. It is in great condition. Good buy!

           
          5.0

          I Love It

          By Andydandy

          from Manhattan

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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:

            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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            More Than Just A Guitar

            By Rob

            from NC

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            Verified Reviewer

            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.

               
              5.0

              Great guitar

              By GoHawksGo

              from Center Ice

              About Me Experienced

              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.

                   
                  5.0

                  Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster

                  By zteb11

                  from Sacramento, CA

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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.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar

                    By zteb11

                    from Sacramento, CA

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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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