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CIRCA 1996, STRATOCASTER, MASTER BUILT PRODUCTION SAMPLE

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CIRCA 1996, STRATOCASTER, MASTER BUILT PRODUCTION SAMPLE
The headstock bearing the logo Fender/STRATOCASTER/WITH SYNCHRONIZED TREMOLO/ORIGINAL/Contour/Body, neckplate engraved V006423, the body in black finish fitted with three Fender Lace Sensor pickups; and original hardshell contour case with adhesive tape inscribed by Lee Dickson (L.Brks/Apollo) E.C. Custom Strat/Blk. #V006423

This guitar served as one of Eric Clapton's main stage guitars between 1998-1999. It was used frequently along with it's companion [not in sale] on the Pilgrim World Tour throughout 1988 which featured a 20-piece orchestra and a 10-piece band. There was a separate Japanese leg of the tour in November/December 1999, during which this guitar served as the main instrument. Aside from the tour, this guitar made appearances at a number of high-profile events including two at the White House in 1998 and 1999 as well as the Crossroads Benefit Concert at Madison Square Garden (which commemorated the 1999 Christie's auction) and at Sheryl Crow's Central Park In Blue concert in 1999. (2)

Lot Essay

LD: This is the one I've marked as the Apollo guitar for reference because that's where it was conceived. It's a particularly nice example of an Eric Clapton Strat. made by Larry Brooks at the Custom Shop, specifically for Eric. It was the first to reflect changes you had wanted, which came about following a meeting with Larry Brooks and John Page with a view to changing a few things on the [signature] guitars. They came to rehearsals [for the Apollo's 50th Anniversary Concert] at The Apollo [Theatre, New York, June 1993], and you gave them some new specs.

EC: Yes...I think the changes were to the neck and some finishing.

LD: Yes I think it was the neck, we were already using Lace Sensors then on the early guitar. It's a particularly nice instrument, it's been ...well played as you see from the wear. That's what's good about maple, it shows up wear more than a rosewood neck.

EC: Which is nice ...I like it, it gets my approval.

LD: When we're using black Strats. I would have two or three on the go generally - and they would all be used. Some nights he'd play one, and then Eric would bust a string, and he'd play another one for the whole set. So it's very difficult to say which guitar was used for each specific thing...And they were always ... made to look as uniformly similar as possible... After a certain period, Eric asked them not to put his signature on the headstock. For his guitars only - not the production models ...This would have been about the time it happened then - there would have been another brief to the builder...don't put my signature on the headstock.

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