Fender Custom Shop announces the release of the Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster. Limited to 100 pieces worldwide, each “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster is hand-built by Clapton’s personal Master Builder, Todd Krause. The guitar is a meticulously crafted replica of the sunburst Stratocaster seen on the back cover of 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, and on the cover of Clapton’s eponymous 1970 debut solo album.

Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Brownie Stratocaster

The original “Brownie” is most famous for its use on seminal 1970 Derek and the Dominos recording “Layla.” Clapton bought the Strat secondhand at Sound City in London on May 7 1967. It was the first Strat he had ever owned; a 1956 model with a two-color sunburst finish and a well-worn maple neck and fingerboard.

Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Brownie Stratocaster features:

  • Body Material: 3-Piece Alder with Off-Center Seam
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Material: Plain-Grain Maple
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Shape: Custom Large Soft “V”
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (184.1 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Vintage-Style
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shielded ’56 Stratocaster
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Shielded ’56 Stratocaster
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shielded ’56 Stratocaster
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage Style
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment
  • Colour: Color-Matched 2-Color Sunburst

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