Eric Clapton’s 1986 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Prototype (V000009)

This is the third prototype made by George Blanda that Eric received from Fender sometime in early 1986. Based on photos and video recordings from around that time, the guitar was used parallel with the other prototypes but was the only one to have made it into the 90s.

22-fret Neck

By 1988 this grey prototype received a 22-fret birds-eye maple neck in place of the standard vintage-style 21-fret neck. This is also confirmed in the info posted on the 1999 Christie’s auction [Lot 62, A 1986 Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton Signature Model – Christie’s], noting that Mike Stevens of Fender Custom Shop did the swap.

22-fret added. Eric Clapton Live September 21st, 1988 at The Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA.

This guitar, serial number V000009, then became Eric’s main one and was used until the early 90s when he started using models finished in black – which were not available prior to that point. It was used most notably at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in 1988, and at the Royal Albert Hall in January/February 1989.

This third of the three prototypes remained in Clapton’s possession until 1999 when it was sold through Christie’s for $107,000.


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