Our goal with this Stratocaster is to recreate the sound of the Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster, but with a more modern feel and affordable price. We start with a MIM Fender Standard Stratocaster. We upgrade the tuners to either Fender vintage style, vintage locking, or modern locking tuners. The pickguard assembly is replaced with our Clapton pickguard, with either Lace Sensor or Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups.
Clapton used Lace from 1986-1999, and switched to the vintage noiseless in 2000. We use the same Fender TBX circuit for a master tone control, and the Fender 25db midrange boost kit for the bottom tone knob. This boost can really push the front of a tube amp into a thick overdrive tone. We keep the Fender vintage style bridge on most models, but tighten the trem claw all the way down to keep the bridge from moving.
The battery to power the boost fits neatly underneath the pickguard, and only needs to be changed once a year or so. The main difference between the two guitars is the shape of the neck, the EC signature has a soft “v” shape neck, and ours has the standard “c” shape. I own and gig both guitars, and the sound is the same between the two guitars. If you want the Clapton strat sound and versatility for about half the price, this is the one for you.
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Eric Mathews, 920D Custom Shopemathews@920dcustomshop.com800.281.6607