A Fender Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster, 2005 Serial No. CN98950,
Lot 136
A 2005 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Signature Model, Serial No. CN98950,
Sold for US$ 51,240 inc. premium
Lot Details
A 2005 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Signature Model,
Serial No. CN98950,
in black finish, bird's eye maple neck with skunk-strip routing, the back of the headstock with printed Fender Custom Shop transfer, staggered tuners with no string guide, twenty-two fret fingerboard with dot inlays, three Vintage Noiseless pickups, three rotary controls, selector switch, tremolo/bridge tailblock and white pickguard; and a Fender tweed rectangular hardshell case with orange plush lining containing various items including a Fender Custom Shop certificate signed by master builder Mark Kendrick, a black leather Fender guitar strap, a guitar lead, two packets of Ernie Ball strings and a Fender cleaning cloth; with handwritten label inscribed with various details including By Mark Kendrick – spare for 'Cream' shows and a concert poster for the show at The Royal Albert Hall, 2-6 May, 2005, 26¼ x 19½ in. (66.6 x 49.5cm.)

Footnotes

  • This guitar was built by Mark Kendrick of Fender Custom Shop as a spare black Stratocaster to be used by Clapton during the phenomenally successful Cream Reunion concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 2 – 6 May 2005, and Madison Square Garden, New York, 24 – 26 October 2005. It features very pronounced birds-eye maple neck and has no string retainer due to the use of staggered tuners.

    Mark Kendrick, who joined Fender in 1976, has been building guitars at Fender Custom Shop since 1992 and is its senior master builder.

    Photo: a) Eric Clapton playing this guitar's companion with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker at the Cream Reunion Concerts, Royal Albert Hall, 2-6 May 2005. Photograph courtesy of Moriyasu Aono
    Photo: b) A poster advertising the Cream Reunion Concerts, Royal Albert Hall, 2-6 May 2005
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