This 1997 Clapton is in excellent original condition complete with case candy. The bridge saddles have been replaced but the original ones are still in the case. It plays beautifully and is identical to the Torino Red guitar Clapton used in the “Prince’s Trust Concert”, in June 1986.
The Clapton Strat (released in 1988) is essentially a vintage 1957 reissue Stratocaster featuring a deeply contoured select alder body, a 1-piece soft “V”-shaped maple neck fitted with 22 vintage-style frets, flat 9,5″ radius and BiFlex truss-rod system, a “blocked” original American Vintage synchronized tremolo, Gotoh/Kluson tuning machines, 1-ply white pickguard and three Fender Gold Lace Sensor pickups powered by an active MDX mid-boost circuit with 25 dB of gain and TBX tone controls, which helped augment the tone of the sound delivered, opening up a wider tonal range Clapton desired.
One of the unique features of this guitar was the inclusion of an original vintage synchronized tremolo bridge blocked off to tremolo arms by a small piece of wood wedged into the bridge cavity. This idea came about as Clapton liked the tone and tuning stability of hardtail Stratocasters and had no use for the whammy bar