Up for sale, a 1988 Fender Eric Clapton signature Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A first-year version of one of Fender's most popular and enduring Artist Series models, this Clapton signature Strat features a trio of Lace Sensor Gold single coil pickups, an MDX Mid-Boost control, TBX Tone knob, satin-finished soft V-shaped neck with a bi-flex truss rod and 22 fret maple fingerboard, and a gloss Torino Red finish.
The alder body and maple neck result in a balanced, articulate acoustic response that provides an ideal platform for the versatile electronics. The Lace Sensor pickups feature a unique radiant Field Barrier system that surrounds both the coil and magnets, reducing 60-cycle hum. The patented Lace Micro Combs replace traditional bobbins, giving the player a wider tonal range and better string-to-string balance than traditional pickups. An active 25 dB Mid Boost control replaces the Strat's second Tone knob, enabling humbucker-esque warmth and richness inherent to Clapton’s iconic “woman tone,” with a center-detent TBX tone control offering further sonic range. This Clapton Strat weighs 8lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
-Shape: Medium soft V, measuring .850” 1st fret, .920” 12th fret
-Fretboard: 22 fret maple, lightly rolled edges, 9 1/2“ radius
-Frets: Slender, pristine
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1 5/8”, bone
-Serialization: Neck heel date stamp Oct 6, 1988
-Pickups: Lace Sensor Gold
-Harness: Original CTS pot dates to ‘88, one replacement pot
-Hardware: Vintage-style vibrato
-Plastics: One-ply pickguard ('50s-spec), knobs with greened text
Cosmetic wear on the vibrant gloss Torino Red finish is limited to light buckle rash on the bass side of the back, a small area of faint scuffing along the pick path extending beyond the bass-side edge of the guard, and a handful of light finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original tweed hardshell case is included.