Solidbody / Production 1988 to current day.
Eric Clapton gained his fame in the early 1960’s playing a Gibson Les Paul and plugging it into a Marshall amp as a member of the legendary band Cream. He did start out on a Fender Telecaster with the Yardbirds, this is when people were writing on walls “Eric is God”…
In 1970, on a trip to Nashville to perform on the Johnny Cash TV Show, he stopped of to purchase a few used Fender Stratocaster’s from what was then called GTR, (Gruhn Guitars & Sho-Bud Music).
When Clapton’s new band, Derek and the Dominos debuted later in 1970, their hit “Layla” featured Clapton with one on=f those Stratocaster’s, nicknamed “Brownie.” Another Stratocaster from the Nashville purchases was nicknamed “Blackie,” which became his most famous instrument.
Fender’s Eric Clapton Signature model introduced in 1988, was essentially a 1957 reissue with a block tremolo like his beloved Blackie, but it was no Blackie replica, that would appear later. This model had the new Fender Lace Sensor pickups, which not only looked different with their pole-less design, but also produced a quieter (not softer) signal. This model was also available in a few new colours, including, Candy Green, Olympic White and Torino Red.