A 1991 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton "Blackie" Signature Model
A 1991 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton "Blackie" Signature Model

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A 1991 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton "Blackie" Signature Model
Custom Smoker's Model, Serial No. 0091, in black finish, maple neck with skunk-stripe routing, twenty-two fret fingerboard with dot inlays, headstock with customised cigarette holder and printed transfer CUSTOM-BUILT J.W.Black FENDER U.S.A. on reverse, three Fender Lace Sensor pickups, three rotary controls, selector switch, tremolo bridge/tailblock and white pickguard; and a white hardshell rectangular case with black plush lining and two of Lee Dickson's handwritten swing labels E.C. /? "Smokers Neck" E.C. Black Strat. /?0091

Fender supplied this guitar to Eric Clapton in 1991.

Eric Clapton joked to us that this guitar could be called .."The guitar that made me give up smoking!". Lee Dickson said that the idea was you would go into a guitar shop and ask for an Eric Clapton Strat. "They would ask 'What colour?', you would reply 'Black' and they'd ask 'Would that be smoking or non-smoking, Sir?!"
Fender Strat Smokers Model/Black

Lot Essay

During rehearsals for the Eric Clapton/George Harrison Japan Tour at Bray Studios, Windsor, October, 1991, Clapton and Harrison discussed this guitar in a Japanese television interview with Subarashiki Nakamatachi, TBS (Japan). Harrison jokes with Clapton, saying "..Get the one with the ash tray on it.." Harrison picks up one of Clapton's black signature model Strats and shows the headstock to the camera saying "...This bit here is burned because this naughty boy smokes cigarettes and he puts his cigarettes in there and Fender have made him one with a little hole here [showing the place on the headstock] so he can put his cigarette in there. I have one [he jokes] - it has a cupboard in the back with my sandwiches and tea..."
Eric Clapton then shows the smoker's model: "Here's the smoker's guitar..." and demonstrates where the cigarette holder is by placing a burning cigarette in it. He adds that these guitars are available in shops in Japan, suggesting all you'd have to do to get one is to ask for the smoking or the non-smoking version. The smoker's model however, never went into production.

The photograph illustrated was taken during the Japanese TV interview and shows Clapton demonstrating this guitar.
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