Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case and all factory paperwork. One of Fender's most popular and enduring artist models, Every Eric Clapton Artist Series Stratocaster is hand-crafted in Fender's American workshop for outstanding playability, quality, and tone. This particular Strat delivers clear, hum-free single coil tone thanks to the trio of Noiseless pickups, complete with a few Clapton-centric, player-friendly factory tweaks to improve the instrument's overall performance.
The guitar is equipped with Fender Noiseless pickups with Active Mid-boost circuitry to cover as much sonic territory as possible. Coupled with a five-way pickup selector switch that offers the usual array of snappy and silky Strat tones, the mid-boost control on the second Tone knob provides a humbucker-esque warmth excellent for Jazz or more acoustic-like strumming. The middle Tone knob also features Fender's patented TBX circuitry, a center-detent boost/cut control. The guitar weighs 8lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a soft V-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The 22 fret maple fretboard has a modern 9.5" radius, and the original slender frets retain their full factory height, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, with wear growing fainter until fret 9. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width, and the headstock features the Stratocaster logo, Clapton's signature, and a SZ2-prefix serial number dating production to 2002. The Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The active electronics work as intended, and the 9V battery is located in the vibrato route adjacent to the springs. Like a proper Clapton Strat should, the vibrato is factory blocked with a piece of wood and the trem block is anchored with five springs to keep the bridge on the deck. The original vibrato arm is included and the block can easily be removed for more conventional vibrato use. The hardware has bright chrome plating on the bridge base and jack cup, with light patina across the bridge saddles. Plastics include bright white Noiseless pickup covers and knobs with a one-ply parchment pickguard that has one small split at the neck pickup mounting hole (this doesn't affect mounting stability or pickup height adjustment). The Olympic White gloss finish is notably well-kept, exhibiting just a few minor finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original tweed hardshell case is included, along with every piece of original factory paperwork.