Eric Clapton Blackie Strat.
Whilst Clapton arguably was most famous for his guitar prowess in the late 60s and early 70s, and therefore most associated with his instruments from that era, the latter part of his career (i.e. the last 40 years, haha) he was increasingly associated with the Fender guitar company, and most notably the Stratocaster. He has played, owned, recorded and cherished several Strats over the decades, but the top of this list is his famous 'Blackie' parts-caster.
Clapton famously brought six 1950s Strats from the Sho-Bud Guitar store in Nashville, Tennessee, and upon his return to England gave away a few to his big-timey mates. He wanted a black Strat, but the neck was shot on the one he had brought, so decided to build one from himself from the remaining three by combining the pickups from one, the scratchplate from another and the neck to produce Blackie. Hence, arguable the most famous parts-caster in history was born.
In it's final form, it has a three-piece Alder body finished in black nitrocellulose lacquer, with a one-piece V-shaped maple neck from a '57 Strat. The tremolo is locked to the body using 5 springs, and some rumours suggest it has a wooden shim between the body and tremolo block to stop the tremolo from moving.
Blackie was retired by Clapton in 1985. After many years of heavy use, the neck has worn thin and would no longer take a re-fret. It was sold at auction in 2004 for almost $1M, making it one of the most valuable guitars in history. It is on display at Guitar Centre, Times Square NY
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