Del Breckenfeld from Fender discussed how the Clapton replica amps came about in an article in Guitar World Magazine in 1998. "...In addition to requiring a golden axe, Clapton issued another challenge to the Fender custom Shop: to create a duplicate of his favorite late-fifties Fender tweed amp."..."Eric had what he considered to be the Holy Grail of amps, but since he only had one [at that time], he was afraid that if it broke, he'd be out of luck. Our mission was to clone that amp, which was quite a difficult task. We started by having a top technician spec out Eric's amp to the 'T', then we searched for old parts. We even had the transformer hand-wound to the original specs. After all that, it still didn't sound quite right. At that point, John Page suggested old pine. We found some that came out of an old church's floor, and that made the difference. We nailed it. We built a total of three. We built them, and then subjected them to the acid test - Clapton's ear. Eric loved them..."