24 June 1999
A 1980s Fender Stratocaster Elite model
in cream finish, maple neck with skunk-stripe routing, twenty-one fret fingerboard with dot inlays, three Fender Elite-style pickups, three rotary controls, selector switch, active electronics, side-mounted jack input, Freeflyte combination tailblock and white pickguard; and a tweed rectangular hardshell case with red plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten adhesive paper label Fender 'Elite' Strat. White, /? None
The Fender Elite was launched in 1983. This guitar is a hybrid with a 1950s-style neck with a butterscotch finish and a standard selector switch.
Eric Clapton said that he "messed around" with this guitar.
Fender Strat Elite/Cream
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This guitar was photographed backstage at Yoyogi Olympic Pool, Tokyo beside a selection of his stage guitars during Clapton's 1985 Japanese Tour - see illustration pp.112-113.
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