Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster - Olympic White with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickups - Olympic White
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Yes, Now You Can Own and Play Slowhand's Guitar

There's no bigger name in the entire guitar world than Eric Clapton! The man is a legend with a career that spans over 40 years! So, as you can imagine, this is one musician that can play any instrument he chooses - and he chooses the Fender Eric Clapton Artist Series Strat. That's right, the same guitar you can own (though his comes with a custom paint job these days).

First introduced in the 1980s, today's Eric Clapton Strat has been updated with three Vintage Noiseless pickups, which work in conjunction with both a powerful active midrange boost and Fender TBX tone circuitry to create on of the most versatile guitars in the Fender catalog.

Eric Clapton Artist Series Stratocaster at a Glance:
  • Solid alder body with Olympic White polyurethane finish and single-ply white pickguard.
  • Three Vintage Noiseless Strat pickups with special active midrange boost.
  • One-piece maple neck and fingerboard with soft "V" shape.
Just like Eric's Own Guitar

You might think that a famous guitarist like Eric Clapton would pick some amazingly figured maple and ash, but in truth, other than the custom paint jobs, this is Eric's guitar. And once you play it, you'll see why he never asked for anything more. You start with a lightweight alder body with an Olympic White polyurethane finish and single-ply white pickguard. Next, thanks to the active 25dB midrange boost and TBX circuitry, you can go from crystal clear tone to a full-throated growl with the simple spin of a knob. Combine that with three of the latest versions of fender's Vintage Noiseless pickups and Eric's personal choice of a "blocked" American vintage synchronized tremolo, and you have the makings of a truly soulful instrument that sounds as great in the studio as it does up on stage!

Vintage Tones Plus Midrange Boost

The original Strat had three single coil pickups, so it was able to produce sounds that no other guitar could deliver, particularly once players discovered they could lodge the three-position blade switch in those "in-between" positions to access neck / middle and bridge / middle pickup combinations. These were often erroneously referred to as the "out-of-phase" settings. The Eric Clapton Strat comes standard with a modern five-way blade switch, making it easy to access all the pickup combinations, but then adds a special active 25dB midrange boost on one tone control to give this guitar the extra "meat" you might expect from a humbucker. In addition, the second tone knob functions as a standard Fender TBX master tone control, which can smoothly go from bright and glossy to dark and smoky by rolling off the highs!

Fast Playing Maple Neck with Soft "V" Shape

Leo Fender wasn't afraid to "think outside the box" when it came to guitar designs - after all, he was an engineer, not a guitar player. In the 1950s and well into the 1970s, the blond natural maple neck became almost synonymous with Fender guitars. The Eric Clapton Stratocaster comes with a one-piece maple neck and fingerboard with 22 vintage style frets and Eric's personal favorite soft "V" shape. In keeping with contemporary player preferences, the fast playing neck is finished in a smooth satin polyurethane.

Fender Eric Capton Strat Features:
  • Color: Olympic White.
  • Body Type: Solidbody electric.
  • Finish: Polyurethane.
  • Neck Wood: Maple.
  • Neck Shape: Soft "V" shape with 9.5-inch radius.
  • Body Wood: Solid alder.
  • Machine Heads: Fender / Gotoh vintage style tuners.
  • Fingerboard: Maple.
  • No. of Frets: 22.
  • Position Markers: Dot inlays.
  • Pickups: Three Vintage Noiseless Strat pickups.
  • Controls: Master volume, one master TBX tone, one active midrange boost control.
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: "Blocked" vintage style synchronized tremolo.
  • Pickup Switching: Five-position blade switch.
  • Hardware: Chrome.
  • Case: Vintage Tweed Case included
  • Scale Length: 25.5 inches.

NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Polyurethane
Color Olympic White
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Soft V
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Tremolo (Blocked)
Tuners Vintage Style
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Vintage Noiseless Single-coil
Middle Pickup Vintage Noiseless Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Vintage Noiseless Single-coil
Controls 1x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way Switch, Mid-boost
Strings Fender USA 250R, (.010-.046)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0117602805

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Sweet Guitar

Of course I had high hopes when purchasing this guitar, especially since I didn't get to try it out anywhere local before placing my order. The Clapton Strat ended up being better than I expected. Turns out, the V neck is the perfect size for me. I've played the new modern "c" shaped necks and thought they were good, but I didn't know what I was missing. I also wasn't sure how the transition to vintage frets would be, but I have been playing this guitar exclusively since I got it and quickly got used to the smaller frets. The special electronics are definitely a bonus. Came set up nicely from Sweetwater!
5/5

Finally, my Strat Nirvana

Owned quiet a few strats; several very good (and expensive) ones. But never had one that really connected with me. I had ignored this one for some time, thinking Artist Series are just something for collectors, or to charge money for. I don't care if this one sounds like Clapton, because I'll never be able to play like him regardless.But this one has the sound and playability that suits me perfectly. I love the Noiseless pickups. So much better than the N3 Noiseless pickups. And the TBX tone control really works.I got the Olympic White, which looks like "cream" to me. I suspect I will be keeping this one a long time. Now if I could just find a Telecaster that connects the same way, I'd be even happier.And finally, I love Sweetwater. Such a good company to buy from. I buy a lot from them, and rarely have any problems with the product. Their pre-shipment inspection, really helps eliminate a lot of problems. Jake is the person I work with and he is great.
5/5

EC Sound all the way

You can plug this guitar into anything and I mean anything and it just sounds amazing. Going from my wide neck Martin to the narrow neck of this strat takes some getting used to but once you do, this guitar plays like butter and sounds like gold.
Music background: The world's most Okayist guitar player
5/5

Ode to Clapton

Sounds like a strat. Play some Clapton riffs. Sounds like Clapton. Keep the stickers on it cuz it looks cool and replace the strings with Elixirs. Add to cart and tell the wife the vacation is gonna have to wait.
5/5

Clapton Stratocaster

I own a custom Strat with Texas Special pickups, a James Burton red flame Telecaster and a Baja Telecaster - all great guitars. But, my recent purchase of the Eric Clapton Stratocaster has me finally satisfied that I have found the best guitar for me. When I first plugged the new Clapton Strat into my 1967 Fender Blackface Pro Reverb amp I was amazed at the tone quality and play-ability of the guitar. The soft 'V' neck with the vintage frets make playing chords or bending strings quite easy. The N3 Noiseless pickups are the best I have heard, and the combination of the TBX and Mid-Boost controls have made this my favorite guitar, with the Baja Tele and James Burton Tele a close 2nd & 3rd.To anyone looking for a new guitar I highly recommend the Eric Clapton Stratocaster.
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