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Guitar porn: Fender Daphne Blue Eric Clapton Stratocaster

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Fender Signature Eric Clapton Stratocaster upgraded with Daphne Blue body from Warmoth Guitar Products and Fender Custom Shop 69 pickups with dummy coil pickup.


Guitar porn: Fender Eric Clapton Custom Shop Gold Leaf Strat

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

In 1996, Fender’s 50th anniversary, Eric Clapton asked the Fender Custom Shop to build a one of a kind guitar.  John Page, then vice president of the Fender Custom Shop, recalls that “Eric was in the search of something special, a piece that could hang in a museum like the Louvre”.  John thought about gilding a Stratocaster using 23K gold leaves, it took three trials prior to finding the right combination of finish/hardware.

EC’s guitar was built by Masterbuilder Mark Kendrick with gold pickguard, control knobs and pickup covers. Eric replaced the pickguard, pickups, and control knobs with the usual white plastic components found on his Signature Stratocaster. The guitar was extensively used in 1997, and sold for $455,000 on June 24th 2004 during the Christies charity auction for the Crossroads Center which he founded in 1998.

In 2004 Guitar Center introduced a limited Masterbuilt edition of the Gold Leaf Strat which retailed for $8000.
Luckily, with a bit of patience you can gild your own guitar body and make your own gold leaf Strat.

I based mine on a brand new Fender Custom Shop Teambuilt Eric Clapton Stratocaster in Mercedes blue finish.
That was a long time ago (~2007) when the price difference between the Teambuilt model and the USA production model was still relatively small:

The body was replaced by a USACG one-piece alder body finished with 23k gold leaves clear-coated with polyurethane. I also replaced the Vintage Noiseless pickups with a set of Hot Gold Lace Sensors, and upgraded to gold hardware from Fender (except for the bridge from Gotoh):

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood at Oakland’s Oracle Arena

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I was lucky enough to get a pair of tickets for Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood’s concert at the Oracle Arena on June 29th 2009.

After waiting only 40 minutes to enter the parking lot and pay a modest fee of just $25 (congrats to management for such a well organized rip-off) we only missed couple minutes of the concert.

Luckily EC and SW were both fantastic, they sure seem to get better with age and I am always amazed to see E.C deliver such soulful and inspiring solos. EC mostly used his signature Strat in Ferrari Grigio finish and Martin 000-28EC for the acoustic set, the Daphne blue Strat stayed on the rack.

The only regret would be the absence of Little Wing, however the punchy version of Forever Man as well as Voodoo Chile easily made up for it. The show lasted more than 2 hours and the set list included:

Had To Cry Today
Low Down
After Midnight
Presence of The Lord
Sleeping in the Ground
Well Alright
Tough Luck Blues
Pearly Queen
There’s A River
Forever Man
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (SW only)
Driftin’ – acoustic
How Long Blues
Layla – acoustic version
Can’t Find My Way Home
Split Decision
Voodoo Chile

And Cocaine followed by Dear Mr. Fantasy for the encore.