2018 Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster, Torino Red

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£1,395.00

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Excellent, nearly new, Eric Clapton Stratocaster in Torino Red from 2018 in fantastic condition. Packed with features yet unmistakably 50’s in its styling, it is no surprise the guitar has been a staple of the Fender Artist range since the late 80’s and a guitar Eric is happy to put his Signature to.

Highlights include a 22 fret maple neck with the the signature soft “V” profile often associated with this model. A trio of Fender Noiseless pickups, innovative TBX tone control and the infamous active mid-boost circuit - exclusive to the Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster all go towards creating one incredibly versatile Stratocaster.

Featuring an Alder body with gloss urethane Torino Red finish. The satin urethane 22 fret maple neck has a 9.5” radius fingerboard, the profile is signature soft ”V” shape. Pickups are Fender Vintage Noiseless Single coil Stratocaster pickups wired to a 5-way switch with a Master Volume control, Tone 1 is the Master TBX Tone Control with Tone 2 controlling the Active Mid Boost. Hardware is all Vintage inspired in it’s aesthetics with a 6-Saddle American Vintage Tremolo, Single Ply White pickguard and 6-in-Line Kluson style tuners.

In use the guitar feels like a well sorted Stratocaster, the Soft “V” profile neck is very comfortable. The 9.5” radius fingerboard allows the guitar to be set up with a good action without the risk of choking whilst maintaining a comfortable curve to the fingerboard board. The Noiseless pickups sound good, maintaining the unmistakable Strat sound with no hum. The TBX control functions differently from a traditional tone control, the pot has a notch at at the center position and works like a normal tone control from zero to the detent. Turning the knob clockwise from the notch adds presence and brightness; turning it counterclockwise from the detent rolls off high frequencies. The mid-boost is perhaps the most popular feature of the Clapton Stratocaster, bringing the control clockwise boosts mid and Bass frequencies up to 25db boost once fully clockwise.

The guitar is in excellent pre-owned condition with next to no wear throughout. The guitar is strung with 10 gauge strings with the factory tremolo block still installed. The guitar weighs 8lbs even and and comes with its original Tweed case and accessories.