A  Fender Stratocaster,  Serial No. E 324289,
Lot 126
A 1983/84 Fender Stratocaster Elite Model, Serial No. E 324289,
Sold for US$ 14,640 inc. premium
Lot Details
A 1983/84 Fender Stratocaster Elite Model,
Serial No. E 324289,
in sunburst finish, maple neck with skunk–stripe routing, twenty-one fret fingerboard with dot inlays, three pickups, three rotary controls with rubber grips, three button controls, tremolo/bridge tailblock and white pickguard, signed and dated on the back in black felt pen J.J. Cale 2010; and a black rectangular hardshell case with black plush lining; and a typescript letter from J.J. Cale, signed, concerning the donation

Footnotes

  • The Elite model, launched in 1983 with its mid-range boost facility, formed the basis of the discussion between Fender's Dan Smith and Eric Clapton in 1985 concerning the development of the Clapton Signature Model.

    J.J. Cale, the songwriter and guitarist whose songs After Midnight and Cocaine covered by Clapton in the 1970s, was a major musical influence on Clapton. The two performed together at the first Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas in 2004, and went on to collaborate on an album Road To Escondido, released in 2008 which won Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 50th Grammy Awards® the same year.T his guitar has been generously donated to the auction by J.J. Cale.

    Photo: Clapton performing with J.J. Cale at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, Dallas, 5 June 2004. Photograph courtesy of Steve Proctor
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