Eric Clapton's Fender USA Stratocaster Guitar. One of the most respected and influential musicians of the Rock-era, Eric Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame an unprecedented three times, and forged a distinctive style rooted in Chicago-style blues -- two important details that make this 1979 black Fender Stratocaster (serial number S913684) super-desirable.

    A Gibson player for much of his early career, Clapton switched to Fender Strats under the influence of his Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood, and was eventually honored with the creation of an Eric Clapton Edition Stratocaster, introduced by Fender in 1988. This Strat was one of three guitars that Clapton donated to the Hill Richards Auction House to raise money for AIDS research at a charity auction held July 7, 1991.

    A statement from Clapton on the enclosed certificate of authenticity reads: "This guitar was given to me by my friend Muddy Waters after a jam session I sat in on with him in Chicago, back in 1980. I have made some changes to this axe, like tuners, pick-ups, and bridge. This guitar has been kept in my London flat, and I have played it in some private jams when here in England. This axe plays like butter, and I hope whoever ends up with it will enjoy it as much as I have."

    The guitar has been mounted in a 21.5" x 43" x 3.5" wood-and-glass display case along with a studded leather guitar strap, a framed 7" x 5" color photo of Clapton with a literal armload of Grammy awards, a description plate, and the aforementioned COA. On the whole, the display is in Excellent condition with a small, 3" crack in the glass along the lower right edge.

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