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Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Strat Journeyman Relic Mercedes Blue

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In 1987 Eric Clapton retired his famous Stratocaster, “Blackie”, and approached the Fender Custom Shop to craft a replacement designed to his specifications; in effect, he wanted a new pair of old shoes. Our artisans went to work, and the resulting instrument was the inaugural instrument in Fender’s Artist Series—the Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster. With the smooth feel and authentic sound of the original—along with a delicious new Journeyman Relic® finish—this special guitar represents one of the finest instruments to ever come from the artisans of the Dream Factory. 

The Journeyman Relic finish makes the select two-piece alder body look and feel like it’s seen countless gigs and lets the wood breathe with natural resonance. True to Clapton’s own model, the stable one-piece quartersawn maple neck with an ultra-comfortable custom “Soft V” neck profile lets your hand nestle perfectly, giving you the perfect platform for unleashing electric inspiration. The blocked six-screw American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge maintains rock-solid tuning no matter how hard or fast you play. The TBX tone control and Vintage Noiseless™ pickups offer hum-free vintage-style Strat tone, while the active mid boost gives your sound a +25dB kick in the pants for when you need to make your solo jump out in the mix.


  • Nitro Lacquer Finish
  • Journeyman Relic
  • 2-Piece Alder Body
  • 1-Piece Rift Sawn Maple Neck
  • Soft "V" Neck Shape
  • 25.5" Scale Length
  • 9.5" Radius
  • 22 Vintage Style Frets
  • Bone Nut
  • 1.650" Nut Width
  • Vintage Noiseless Single-Coil Strat Pickups
  • Master Volume, Tone 1. Master TBX™ Tone Control, Tone 2. Master Active Mid Boost (0-25dB). Mid boost kit
  • 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo Bridge
  • Vintage Style Tuners with Fender Logo
  • Nickel/Chrome Hardware
  • 1-Ply Parchment Pickguard
  • Includes Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity