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Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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. Includes case.

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FEATURES
  • Vintage Noiseless pickups
  • Powerful active mid boost and TBX circuits
  • Blocked original vintage synchronized tremolo bridge
  • Includes Fender tweed hardshell case
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FenderArtist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 102 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9)

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 

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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Waited 15 years for this guitar

          By 

          from St. Louis, Mo

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          Verified Buyer

          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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            (4 of 4 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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              There is no other guitar after this one!

              By 

              from Philadelphia, PA

              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:

                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.

                By 

                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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                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing Guitar!

                  By 

                  from Nashville, TN

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Absolutely nothing

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  I bought this guitar about 2 months ago and was blown away. As soon as I plugged it in for the first time I fell in love with the tone and the feel of the neck. I play anywhere from Country to Rock to Jazz and this guitar does it all with no problem!

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent

                  By 

                  from Salt Lake City

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      I knew I'd like it, but I didn't know how much I was going to love this guitar. Unless you want humbuckers or hot pups, this might be just about perfect. Everything about it is superb. Mine was set up beautifully from the factory. Everybody raves about the neck, and it is a true joy to play. The shape and the finish make it like butter in your hand. But the maple fretboard is also amazing. The vintage frets and the radius make bends and vibrato so easy and accurate. The body shape and the vintage tuning pegs make it a joy to hold and to restring. New EB10's went on in minutes and stayed in tune from the next morning. As many have said, the tone and boost options give you an amazing diversity of sound (no, it's not quite got real p90 and humbucker sounds, but it's still very cool). People who rave about getting 5 real switch positions are also right; 1 & 2 are useful now. The volume knob can meaningfully be set at least between 2 and 10. Oh, and did I mention the sustain? You don't have time to test the sustain... Just a great guitar!

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