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A 1996 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Signature Model
A 1996 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Signature Model

A 1996 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Signature Model
Serial No. CN402429, in custom black/green metallic finish, Custom Shop neckplate, maple neck with skunk-stripe routing, twenty-two fret fingerboard with dot inlays, three Fender Lace Sensor pickups, three rotary controls, selector switch, tremolo bridge/tailblock and white pickguard; and a black hardshell contour case with black plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten adhesive paper label M.Kendrick - Black Green Fender-Strat - .N.40242 Merc - C.36

Mark Kendrick of Fender supplied this guitar to Eric Clapton in 1996.

Eric Clapton said that he used this guitar on stage in the mid 1990s and on the Pilgrim album. Clapton had this guitar sprayed with a Mercedes paint colour to match the Mercedes C36 he owned at the time.
Fender Strat/Black/Green

Lot Essay

See footnote to lot 44.

The photograph illustrated shows Eric Clapton playing this guitar or its partner in lot 44 at the opening of the Emporio Armani store, Lexington Armory, New York, September 12, 1996. He apparently played a short set which included Crossroads, Pretending, Going Down Slow and Tearing Us Apart. He was accompanied by Steve Gadd, Nathan East and Greg Philinganes and was joined by Sheryl Crow for the last number.

Although this colour is called black/green, it looks blue in different lighting.

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