Eric Clapton’s 2004 Fender Stratocaster “Crashocaster” Crash-3access_time First seen circa 2004
This is a guitar custom-made for Eric by the Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Todd Krause and painted by the graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos, who previously painted two of Eric’s guitars (first one in 1996, second in 2001).
The guitar was used for a relatively short period of time, from March 15, 2004, to around mid-June that same year. The main reason for this was that Eric organized an auction on June 21st [CROSSROADS GUITAR AUCTION at Christie’s] through which he sold a huge number of this guitars, among them being this Crashocaster.
The guitar ended up selling for $321,100, which was surprisingly high considering how short Eric had used it. The fact that it was after all a unique instrument painted by Crash probably played a huge role in setting that price, along with the fact that Eric played it during the 2004 Crossroads Festival.