24 June 1999,
Price realised USD 29,900
USD 5,000 - USD 7,000
A 1980s Fender Stratocaster Elite Model
in black finish, maple neck with skunk-stripe routing, twenty-one fret fingerboard with dot inlays, three Fender Elite-style pickups, three rotary controls with rubber grips, three button controls, active electronics, side mounted jack input, Freeflyte combination tailblock and cream pickguard; and a black rectangular hardshell case with black plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten tie-on label Fender Elite Black N.S.N.
The Fender Elite was launched in 1983. This guitar has a 1950s-style neck with a butterscotch finish.
Eric Clapton made no comments on this particular instrument but remarked that he had "messed around" with the other Elite in the sale - lot 89 and it is thought he has done the same with this one.
Fender Strat Elite/Black
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In an interview with Dan Forte for Guitar Player magazine, Clapton described his preferred setup for guitars "...all of them need to be about .1/8 inch in the action, and I like it to be constant all the way down...I like frets to be generally somewhere between a Strat and a Les Paul. Les Pauls are too thick and Fenders are sometimes too thin. The Fender Elite is very nice because it's a blend..."
FORTE, Dan The Interview - Eric Clapton, in Guitar Player, GPI Collectors Edition, Summer, 1986, p.22
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