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gold finish & gold hardware, first-year, one of a kind, the 152nd instrument ever built by the Custom Shop, in its second year.  For the real Stratocaster collector, the very first guitars produced by the C.S. are an important step ahead in the re-birth of the classic Fender model. These are 100% custom-ordered guitars, built with the greatest care, and mostly are one-offs. Many C.S.-built Artist Signature guitars often are the starting point before the beginning of serial production. Yes, I would hesitate in calling this guitar a prototype, because it has the biflex truss-rod installed on regular-production Eric Claptons only after a first run equipped with a traditional rod, but it surely is one of the earliest  Claptons ever produced, and it is built with the attention to the detail that only the Custom Shop can offer. The choice of gold finish with gold hardware has been favored by Clapton himself for his personal Custom Shop EC guitar, built 10 years later as a special version of the 50th Anniversary Strat. '57-style V-shaped neck with 22 frets. Lace Sensor pickups and electronics are the classic EC-style. Excellent condition, just some belt-buckle marks on the back, some edge wear and normal paying wear. Original hardshell case. More pics?
body1 - body2 - back - in case - headstock