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The Fender Custom Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster is an exact Custom Shop representation of Eric's personal axe. It's even made by the same craftsmen who made the actual Clapton guitar. Refinements include a special soft V neck shape, Noiseless pickups, blocked original vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, active mid-boost circuitry, and master TBX tone control. Standard features include an alder body, bone nut, vintage frets, chrome hardware, and Eric Clapton's signature on the headstock. Includes case.

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Select alder body
1-piece soft maple neck
Clapton special soft V neck shape
25-1/2" scale
Maple fingerboard
9.5" radius
Bone nut
22 vintage-style frets
3 Vintage Noiseless pickups
Master Volume, Master TBX tone control, Master Active Mid-Boost (0-25dB)
5-position blade pickup selector
Nickel/chrome hardware
Blocked American vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge (can be unblocked for normal trem use)
Fender Gotoh vintage-style tuners
Includes case
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Fender Custom ShopArtist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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(64 of 65 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Custom Shop EC strat - the best ever?

By prsaxeman

from Ottawa, Canada.

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Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Okay, despite owning and loving the regular "Line" Artist EC "Blackie" Strat, I decided to bite the bullet, splash out and see what all the fuss was about for the Custom Shop equivalent. A lot of people (and I mean a lot) question the difference between the 2 guitars and whether it is worth forking out the extra cash for the CS model. Well, here's the actual physical differences:

Line (Artist series):
Multiple piece spread (i.e., body is made from several pieces of wood glued together).
Hum, single, hum route in the body.
Different perimeter (body outline).
Different neck shape.
Rough shapes and contours are mostly done on a Computer Numeric Control machine, so automated shaping before final sanding.

Custom Shop:
Two-piece spread.
Tight 3 single control routing in the body (so less wood removed from the body).
Neck shapes and body contours are done by hand (roughed on an original pin-router like they were originally).

To expand (no pun intended) on the neck shapes, they are very similar in feel (soft V), except for the fact that with the CS neck you can definitely feel the difference behind the first 2 or 3 frets where the neck comes to a soft point rather than than the smoother feel of the Line model neck. Visually there is absolutely no difference; both guitars look identical except for the logos on the headstock. The pickups are the same (Vintage Noiseless) and in my opinion are some of the best that Fender make. The real advantage with these is that they are quiet in all positions, not just positions 2 and 4 of the pickup selector. Both guitars have the TBX tone control (upper tone knob) and the 25dB mid boost control (lower tone knob). The TBX (which stands for Treble Bass eXpander) tone control is a detented, stacked 250k/1 Meg control which enhances the tonal palette without the use of a battery. From 0 to 5, the TBX is your standard tone control, but once you pass 5 you start to decrease the resistance, which allows more bass, treble, presence and output to flow to your amp.
However, where both guitars achieve their superb versatility is not so much with the TBX tone control, but with the 25dB mid-boost circuit. When you get to the solo part of a song, you turn the pot up and you instantly have a superb humbucker sound, very similar to a typical Gibson Les Paul. I used to think that my American Standard strat always sounded a bit thin when it came to the solos, but the boost circuit on these guitars has completely changed all of that.
I believe the quality of an electric guitar can be heard unplugged, and acoustically, the CS strat definitely has more of a ring and sustain to it. Plugged in though, the sound difference between the Line and the CS is very difficult to distinguish. Frets on both guitars are identical (Vintage style) and are amongst the thinnest and lowest frets available, certainly smaller in all respects to Les Pauls or any of the PRS range.
I own Les Pauls and PRS's, but I always find myself coming back to this guitar, it is just so flexible and adaptable to whatever you play. If you need one guitar to get you through a gig, then this is it. One minute you're playing glassy, clean tones, and the next you're into overdrive with a meaty humbucker sound. In my opinion this is the most versatile strat you can buy. The neck shape (soft V) has to be one of the most comfortable neck shapes that Fender make which is so critical to the enjoyment of any guitar. Let's face it, if you don't like a neck when you first play a guitar, it will not feel any more comfortable later.
For CS vs Line, like so many things, when you pay twice as much for one item than something almost identical, you have to look beneath the surface to appreciate the associated nuances. In summary, the CS strat is a higher quality build, it sounds better acoustically, but is very hard to discriminate against the Line strat when plugged in. The neck shape is very slightly different but both necks are amzingly comfortable. Personally, there's very little to tangibly distinguish between the 2 guitars, which is a huge credit to the Line guitars which are also high quality products. Bottom line, if you have a CS EC strat, great, they don't get much better, but if you don't have the extra cash to splash, buy the Line model, you will equally love it and wonder why you didn't get one years ago.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely The Best

By Stratlover-JXmdl

from New York City

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I own an Eric Clapton Signature Strat from the Custom Shop. It is without a doubt the "best playing" "best sounding" guitar I've ever played.I am fortunate enough to be able to own pretty much any guitar I choose... I have PRS's, Yamaha "Limited Editions" and too many others to mention.But I ALWAYS wind up playing the Strat. The feel of the neck and the feel of the body just can't be beat.A little "pricey" to be sure, but worth every penny.For anyone who may think that an off-the-shelf Strat is anything at all like an EC Signature from the Custom Shop, you are GREATLY mistaken.Once you play it.... you'll never let it out of your hands.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender Custom Artist Series Eric Clapton Strat

By Bill-dJaWk

from Vicksburg, MS

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

About the Custom Shop Artist Series Clapton Strat.I already owned a regular Artist series Clapton Strat. It is fantastic in the studio and a great value. I figured if it was that great the custom shop model would blow me away. Negative, there is nothing special about the custom shop version other than the logo on the back of the headstock and neck plate. Nothing special about the wood, no tiger stripe figure as in the ones you often see pictured (or the ones Clapton plays), though Fender says these guitars are exact in every respect to the ones he plays. The electronics are the same as the regular Artist model. The setup was very poor, the nut slot spacing is off and the neck had to be shimmed and jacked over several degrees to the left in order to center the strings on the board.All these things were easy to fix but listen; these guitars are built by the BEST craftsmen Fender has??? Save your money and buy a regular Artist series model without the thr fancy logo.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar ever

By Marc Vis

from Brazil

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I own 14 guitars, this is my favorite. It feels good to play, very nicely built. Beautiful finish, I chose Midnight Blue. Very comfortable to play and sounds great. I plug it in my Orange combo amp, clean tone is amazing. With a bit of overdrive it melts in your hands. It`s a Fender Stratocaster made the way it should be. I have another EC strat non custom shop, also good But this guitar, the custom shop is better, it feels special. Worth the money spent. I deserve it, just turn 50. ;) Fantastic!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    2007 Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton

    By RollTideRoll

    from Alabama

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    This is a no-brainer. I've had this guitar for almost a month now, and I can't say enough about it. It is hands downs the very best guitar I've ever owned. I've sold my other two guitars, both Fender Artist Series (SRV & John Mayer models) simply because I never play them any more. The action is perfect right out of the box, and I've not had to tune my guitar at all. It holds tune SOOOOOO well. Spend the extra dough, and get a Fender Custom Shop, regardless if it's the 'Blackie" or not. It is worth every single penny I paid. I'll never go back to a 'production' model fender ever again. They are good guitars for the money, but this thing is straight buttah baby! I can't wait to get home and play this thing every single day! The Midrange boost is awesome, and if you run this through the Digitech Crossroads pedal, get ready to play for a couple hours. It's hard to put down!(All of this in my humble opinion)

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy a Custom Shop You'll love it!!!!!

    By Musicman1969

    from Somewhere in North Alabama

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Purchased the EC Fender over a year ago so I've had time to feel the difference between my other Fenders and Gibson Guitar. I rotate through all of them every couple of days and I'm still being blown away when I pick it up again. Custom Shop nailed this one..so smooth and fast. It has great tone. I have special pedal setting for the Clapton guitar because of the active pick ups. It's much hotter, so I have to turn down pedal setting. Best money I've spent. Get this one if you want a strat.

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I have a 2008 Eric Clapton Custom Shop Stratacaster / Mercedes Blue

      By Tim Easter

      from Lexington North Carolina

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      The only thing to make this guitar any better, would be for Eric Clapton to sign it himself.THANKS to Eric any way.
      I have a SRV strat , , a 60th.annaversidy of Fender, Strat. a Wayne Kramer strat.and the Eric Clapton Custom Shop Stratacaster, Its the Best Strat I own..Plays great, sounds great,It inspires me to play.
      Quality is ,its perfect .
      Worth every penny.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely Fantastic Fender Stratocaster

      By Mikey G

      from Westport, Massacusetts

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I've been fooling around with guitars for years and never had a really great guitar. I saw the Eric Clapton Signature Custom Shop Stratocaster and bought it, used, a 2010 model. I'm absolutely blown away by the feel, sound and quality. This Clapton Stratocaster makes me happy every day. It's one of the best investments I have ever made and well worth the money.
        There is definitely a very discernable difference between the 'Standard Model' and the 'Custom Shop Model' that is worth the extra money.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        2007 Eric Clapton

        By Brian Greenway April Wine

        from Canada

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Fender hit this one bang on. Great sounding pickups and electronics. This is my first "V" neck and I feel right at home with it. The active tone is just the right amount to balance clean and sustain. First class fit and finish.Have this and and a vintage Les Paul and you've got tone covered.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hands Down....

        By Strat57-Wnxtp

        from Memphis, Tennessee

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This is the best guitar that I have ever owned. I have the whole enchilada...Gibsons' PRS's, Martin's, and other Fender's. This is the most perfect axe imaginable. I have the Mercedes Blue model and the paint job is fabulous. The TBX boost gives me the punch to make it both a Les Paul vibe as well as the unmistakable Clapton tones. Run into the Digitech Crossroads pedal and you lose yourself in the tones. I wish that the case had been something a little more special than the stock G&G tweed one but that is a nitpicking thing, lol. This model is worth the money for the stick model or the Custom Shop one. I am glad that I got the Master Built Custon Shop one and, not only, have a special look but have the tone of a legend. Run through a Deluxe Reverb amp and you will never need anything else...ever.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!!

        By Slowhand Fan!

        from South Carolina

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have recently purchased a Gibson Les Paul Standard and I thought I had finally found the ultimate sound... UNTIL... I came across the Eric Clapton Signature. It is hands down the best guitar I have laid my hands on. The active mid-boost with the noiseless picks give you the option of having a hard bite for your blues/rock solos to having a very smooth laid back clean sound with just the turn of a knob. If you are considering purchasing this product, BUY IT NOW! RIGHT NOW! NOT LATER.... NOW!

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This is a very good guitar for the money. It sounds amazing and the tone boost is a plus. This guitar takes a 9v battery for the tone boost which alot of people overlook and remember to change it after a couple months or so, depending on how often you play. Action is very smooth. Only downside I see is no gold hardware but the original has none so no big deal. Holds tune amazingly well. Overall a great guitar. Buy one if your wife lets you. Ha!

        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lace VS. Noiseless Pick-ups

        By Jam Man-U7NIA

        from Wanaque, NJ

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I?ve owned my EC Strat since 1986. From the moment I tried it in the music store where I bought it, I knew it was an awesome guitar. I own almost every name brand guitar that?s out there from 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson SG Doubleneck, Fender Telecaster, 2 Rics (one 12 and one JL model), Gretch Country Gentlemen, Hofner, Hamer, Ovation, Martin, 2 Guilds (one 12 and one 6 string) to mention a few. When I got the EC strat it came with the Fender Lace Pick-ups. I installed the new Noiseless Pick-ups and I couldn?t believe the difference. All I can say is ?night and day?. NO MORE HUM, the humbuckers really do the job. The guitar has a much warmer sound, more body and fullness and that?s before you engage the power booster. Of all my guitars, this is my favorite to play live. It has the most controllable sound and it?s so user friendly. Buy this guitar, you won?t regret it.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BEST GUITAR EVER

        By Guitargod12345-uruXk

        from St. Catharines, Ontario

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        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have had this guitar for 4 months now and I love it. I tried out 30 different strats at the music store I was at and there was no comparison. This guitar is amazing. The mid boost is perfect for getting distortion and volume during solos. GET THIS GUITAR!!!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Review

        By UncleJon67

        from Roanoke, VA

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have had my new Fender Custom-Built Eric Clapton Stratocaster in Mercedes Blue for about 5 weeks now and I cannot go 1 day without the need and desire to pick it up and play for an hour or more. This Strat has the best feeling neck of any Custom Shop Strat I know of. The maple neck I recieved has heavy flames mixed with bird's eye creating a very unique and beautiful look to compliment it's easy playing ability. Talk about low action...The strings float 1/8th above the fretboard with no buzz. The bone nut is excellent. Even though the Strat's body is painted I can feel every string's vibration transfer into my body and it feels good! The Mercedes Blue color is from the 2004 Mercedes S-Class and looks black in low lite. Under bright lite or sunshine a dark blue emerges with a slight sparkle all over. You must remove the entire rear cover to access the battery compartment. After all the playing time I have logged the battery is still showing full power when I chek it every-other day. The mix of TBX control and Active Mid Boost create a palate of sounds far beyond the standard Strat. All of the favorite Strat sounds are here too so do not worry. I own 2 other Custom Shop Strats and without question this Custom Clapton Strat is better in every way. Thank You to this site for the excellent service and this wonderful Strat.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Strat

        By M.Davis

        from Grapevine Texas

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        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have owned this guitar for about 6 years now and it still plays great. I have owned several strats (including a 50th anniv edition) and this is one of the better strats I have played (the VERY best I have played/ own is the 50th anniv. edition). It has a great sound and the neck is the absolute best I have ever found on a strat. The quality and the setup were perfect. As with most strats I can get a wide variety of sounds out of this guitar. The pick ups sound great and the active circuitry is also very useful. This is truly one of my favorite guitars (I own 7 high end guitars). Through my Marchall TSL this guitar will do pretty much anything I need it to. I will probably play this guitar until the frets fall off.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        eric's baby

        By sanleandrojammin

        from san leandro, CA

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        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I've owned a production version of this guitar, and there close in sound and feel I think. I own the mercedes blue model, which by the way looks black. This guitar like all the custom shop models I've owned just has a nicer feel than the production model. It basically comes down to if you want the very best are you willing to pay more, I did and am 100% happy. This guitar is very much like a 50's strat, small frets, vintage tuners,bridge but with state of the art pickups.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is one versatile instrument!

        By Bill-qQ8Av

        from Olathe, KS

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I bought my Custom Clapton Strat as a present to myself and what a present it is! I'm just a hobbyist and own MANY Mexican Strats. As you would expect, this is far and above any of those guitars! With the mid boost down, you bet that classic clean bell-like Strat tone. Clean as any guitar I have heard. Crank the volume and the mid boost and she'll sustain for days! It really does sound just like Clapton, even when played through a Fender Frontman 25 watt amp. The fit and finish are amazing. It was exceptionally well setup and didn't even need to be tuned when I got it. The Mercedes Blue appears black in low light, but shimmers blue in good lighting. Consider this an investment that will retain it's value for years to come. It's definitely worth treating yourself it you're a Strat or Clapton Fan.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just go ahead and buy one

        By quakake man

        from Pa.

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is out of this world, I own several other guitars, Les Paul, etc. Playing this guitar is a pleasure, no bussing once its set up correctly, Go a haed and pull the trigger and buy one already.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Finally, the world's most perfect electric guitar

        By Dr. L

        from Detroit

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Artist Series Eric Clapton Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I've been playing for 40 years....and have owned many other strats and a few Les Paul Customs. I've also played just about every production guitar from Ric's to Parker Fly's..and the EC Signature Strat (Blackie) blows them all away, and in every aspect of electric playing. I am also the proud original owner of a 12 year old Martin D-35..don't even have to mention how perfect the Martin is I'm sure.

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