A Fender Custom Shop Tribute Series Eric Clapton 'Blackie' Stratocaster Replica, 2006, Serial No. YS434,
Lot 120
A 2006 Fender Stratocaster 'Blackie Replica' Model,
Serial No. YS434,
Sold for US$ 30,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
A 2006 Fender Stratocaster 'Blackie Replica' Model, Serial No. YS434, A 2006 Fender Stratocaster 'Blackie Replica' Model, Serial No. YS434, A Fender Custom Shop Tribute Series Eric Clapton 'Blackie' Stratocaster Replica, 2006, Serial No. YS434,
A 2006 Fender Stratocaster 'Blackie Replica' Model,
Serial No. YS434,
Custom Shop Tribute Series Eric Clapton black finish in maple neck with skunk-stripe routing, the back of headstock with printed transfer number YS434, twenty-one fret fingerboard with dot inlays, three single-coil pickups, three rotary controls, selector switch, tremolo/bridge tailblock and white pickguard, the body signed and inscribed in silver felt pen Eric Clapton 2010; and an Anvil case with brown plush lining, the lid stenciled in black and white with the cartoon duck head logo and lettering THE DUCK BROS. LONDON 01 486 8056, containing a Fender Custom Shop certificate signed by master builder Yuriy Shishkov, black leather Fender guitar strap, and an unopened plastic bag containing various items including a guitar lead, Fender cleaning cloth and Owner's Manual; and a Fender Custom Shop black leather wallet containing a further certificate and DVD


  • The original Blackie was sold to Guitar Center for a world record price at the time of $959,500, Christie's New York, 24th June, 2004. In 2006, Fender made 275 limited edition replicas of Blackie,

    Mike Eldred of Fender Custom Shop commented in his interview with Guitar Center in 2006:
    ...When Guitar Center brought [Blackie] down ... we got to all sit around and professionally photograph it, professionally videotape it. Todd Krause completely took the guitar apart and inspected every screw, every scratch, everything. And then once he was done, we brought in all the rest of the master builders and they kind of swarmed the guitar so everybody got a really clear perspective of what the guitar was... We took the amount of Blackies being built and we divided it up between the builders and they all did about an equal amount.
    In Blackie's case, pickups have been changed, the neck had been refinished, the body had probably been refinished,...parts had been replaced on the guitar. So it was really neat to kind of dig in there, get all that stuff out and then try to figure out 'okay, how do we replicate a neck refinish?'...When they refinished [the neck] —if you play the guitar and you wear the finish off - there gets to be sweat and grime and dirt worn right into the wood, and then if you go to refinish it, that sweat, dirt, and grime kind of stays in the wood unless you sand the wood and change the shape of the neck. And they hadn't done that, so basically there was dirt underneath the finish and we had to figure out how to do that.... ...The body is a three-piece body, and ... most of the spreads we do in the Custom Shop are either one piece or two piece, so we had to have custom spreads made. Also the guitar was noticeably heavier than what we were normally doing.... We had to make a custom pickup. We don't have a pickup that we use on anything in the shop right now that was similar enough to use in the Blackie replica...
    ... when the first replica was finished, Mike Doyle and myself took it to the Royal Albert Hall where Eric was playing with his band and we sat down and showed him...Guitar Center was gracious and smart enough to bring the original with us, and so Eric got to actually sit down with both guitars in a dressing room and look at them side by side, and play both guitars side by side - which is very rare... He played the guitar and liked it so much he actually played it that night in the concert. He asked, "How can I get one?"

    This guitar has been generously donated to Crossroads by Nicolaus Springer and subsequently signed by Clapton. See front cover illustration.

    Photo: Clapton playing the prototype of this guitar on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, 17 May 2006, detail from Tony Edser's article on The Fender Blackie Replica, Where's Eric! Issue 39, p.15, 2006. Photograph courtesy of Luca Zagani /Reproduction courtesy of Where's Eric! Archive/ Fender

    Further background information about this lot is available by using the condition report facility at www.bonhams.com or by contacting the department.
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