Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Eric Clapton's Blackie Stratocaster Specs

Blackie, a mid-1950s Fender Stratocaster guitar pieced together by Eric Clapton himself from numerous individual guitars, was Clapton’s main instrument throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Clapton’s albums 461 Ocean Boulevard, Slowhand, No Reason To Cry and Just One Night among others, were all recorded with Blackie. And in addition to memorable solo tours, Clapton and Blackie shared the stage with the likes of Pete Townshend, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters and The Band.

In 2004, Eric Clapton's legendary black strat Blackie was auctioned off and commanded an amazing US $959,000 at a Christie’s auction that benefited the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, a charity founded by Clapton.

In 2006, Fender Custom Shop, with the permission of Eric Clapton himself, took on the task on recreating a limited number (275 units) of Eric Clapton's beloved Blackie Sratocaster guitar. Each replica, meticulously reconstructed down to the smallest detail, was priced at US $ 24,000.

Listed below are the specifications and items included with the Blackie package:

Fender Custom Shop Tribute Series Series
Standard Colors: Black (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
Pick Ups: 3 Staggered Pole Custom Wound Single Coil Pickups
Body: 3 Piece Alder
Neck: Maple, Soft "V" Shape (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
Fingerboard: Maple, 9½" Radius
Number of Frets: 21
Scale Length: 25 ½ inches
- Bolt-On Neck
- Special Soft "V" Shape Neck
- Cigarette-burned Head Stock
- 21 Vintage Style Frets
- American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
- Five Vintage Chrome Tuning Keys
- One Worn Gold-plated "F" Type Key For Top E-string
- Dulled Nickel Hardware
- Single-Ply White Pickguard With 8 Screw Holes
- White Plastic Knobs and Pickup Covers
- One Master Volume Knob
- Two Tone Knobs (Neck and Middle - Pickups)
- 5-way pick-up selector as per original (3-way included separately)
- Original Headstock Shape
- Original Body Shape with "Original Contour Body" Decal on Headstock
- Replica-aged "Duck Brother" Anvil Case
- Certificate signed by Fender Masterbuilder Who Made The Guitar
- Certificate signed by Eric Clapton
- Making of Blackie DVD
- Leather Presentation Folder for certificates and DVD
- Christies Auction Book
- Crossroads CD Set
- Crossroads DVD
- Letter from the Crossroads Center
- Original List Price: 24,000.00

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Eric Clapton and his Blackie Stratocaster


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