Eric Clapton’s 1983 Fender Stratocaster ’57 Reissue

According to Tom Wheeler’s The Stratocaster Chronicles book [The Stratocaster Chronicles: Celebrating 50 Years of the Fender Strat, Tom Wheeler, p.222], Clapton was presented with one of the first ’57 reissue Strats by John Page and Freddie Tavares during the ARMS concert tour in 1983.

This guitar was seen on a photo that’s referenced a few times on the website already, showing a collection of Clapton’s tour guitars taken backstage at Yoyogi Olympic Pool, Tokyo [Eric Clapton’s guitars – GettyImages]. In the photo, the ’57 Reissue Strat is the one in the back, with Brownie sitting right in front of it, and the ’54 hardtail Strat sitting on the right.

To which extent this guitar was used is unfortunately unknown.


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