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In 1987 Eric Clapton retired his famous Stratocaster, “Blackie”, and approached the Fender Custom Shop to craft a replacement designed to his specifications; in effect, he wanted a new pair of old shoes. Our artisans went to work, and the resulting instrument was the inaugural instrument in Fender’s Artist Series—the Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster. With the smooth feel and authentic sound of the original—along with a delicious new Journeyman Relic® finish—this special 30th Anniversary edition represents one of the finest instruments to ever come from the artisans of the Dream Factory. 2018 is the only year you’ll have the chance to add this unique Black lacquer Journeyman Relic finish, along with the feel and authentic sound of Clapton’s original signature model to your guitar collection.

The Journeyman Relic finish makes the select two-piece alder body look and feel like it’s seen countless gigs and lets the wood breathe with natural resonance. True to Clapton’s own model, the stable one-piece quartersawn maple neck with an ultra-comfortable custom “Soft V” neck profile lets your hand nestle perfectly, giving you the perfect platform for unleashing electric inspiration. The blocked six-screw American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge maintains rock-solid tuning no matter how hard or fast you play. The TBX tone control and Vintage Noiseless™ pickups offer hum-free vintage-style Strat tone, while the active mid boost gives your sound a +25dB kick in the pants for when you need to make your solo jump out in the mix.

Other features include a 9.5”-radius fingerboard with 22 vintage-size frets, 5-way switching, single-ply Parchment pickguard, vintage-style hardware, bone nut, wing string tree and Clapton’s signature on the headstock. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

Serial #: CZ540143
Weight: 7lbs 13.2oz

Body: 2-Piece Select Alder
Body Finish: Journeyman Relic® Lacquer
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Neck Material: Rift Sawn Maple
Neck Finish: Relic® Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape: Soft "V"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 22
Frets Size: Vintage Style
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Black Dots
Truss Rods: Standard
Bridge Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Single-Coil Strat®
Middle Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Single-Coil Strat®
Neck Pickup: Vintage Noiseless™ Single-Coil Strat®
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. Master TBX™ Tone Control, Tone 2. Master Active Mid Boost (0-25dB). Mid boost kit
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: SSS
Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs: White Plastic
Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity

Product Specs

Mint (Used)
Mint items are in essentially new original condition but have been opened or played.learn more
Brand Fender
Model Limited Edition Eric Clapton 30th Anniversary Stratocaster
Finish Black
Categories Solid Body
Made In United States
Number of Strings 6 String
Right / Left Handed Right Handed
Fretboard Material Maple
Body Shape S-Style
Neck Material Maple
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Finish Style Gloss
Body Type Solid Body
Body Material Alder
Finish Features Relic

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Evan G. - April 05, 2020

Always a pleasure...I've purchased 3 guitars and each was perfectly set up and ready to CME

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Although our storefront is currently closed, we are continuing to operate online. We will ship your order as normal - please be aware that due to the high volume of shipments in transit, you may see a delay. Please let us know if you have any questions - we're happy to help.

*Please Note: Due to our storefront being closed, local pickup is not an option at this time. We look forward to re-opening and having this option available in the future.

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*If you'd like to request Fedex as a carrier, additional fees may apply. Please let us know before
placing your order if you prefer a certain carrier, or need the item by a certain date. We're
happy to suggest the best method based on your location.

- We ship most orders placed before 2pm Central Time the SAME DAY once payment has been
approved. Exceptions to this include guitars, amplifiers, and drum kits that require setups
and inspections and additional packaging time.

- All orders with 2-day delivery service will ship within one business day via UPS. Saturday
delivery is not included, but is available for an additional service charge in most areas. Please
note, UPS does not operate on Sundays. We may be unable to use a PO Box for a UPS
shipment, so please provide an alternate address if requested to ensure you receive your
order as expected.

- Our shipping team works closely with the CME Repair Shop and our vintage experts to
inspect and pack every instrument with the utmost care. These folks know what it takes to
keep an instrument protected. As musicians ourselves, we know how important it is that you
receive your CME package in perfect condition. Your instrument will be shipped using the
highest level of industry-standard packing materials, in every attempt to make sure it arrives
in ready-to-play condition. We will notify you prior to shipping your instrument if additional
steps need to be taken in the packing process.

-If there is a delivery issue with your order, please contact our Customer Service Team via
Reverb messaging, or directly at 773-525-7773. We want to help! Your package(s) is fully
insured if found to be lost in transit, damaged, or defective upon receipt. A replacement or full
refund will be provided. If needed, our team will file a claim for lost or damaged items, and
will keep you informed. Please be sure to make advance arrangements for the safety of your
package(s) prior to or upon delivery.

-Be aware that if the tracking status indicates that the driver completed delivery and obtained
a signature, the package might have been signed for by a neighbor or another resident at your
location. Sometimes when a package is marked as delivered, it may not actually arrive to you
for another 12-24 hours.  If that is not the case, we advise waiting 36 hours from stated
delivery before filing an investigation. Please let us know if any of these situations should
happen to you, and we will facilitate resolution as quickly as possible. 

*Please Note: Due to our storefront being closed, local pickup is not an option at this time. We look forward to re-opening and having this option available in the future.*

-If you select "Local Pickup", this means you'd like to pick up your order at our store location on
3316 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago, IL. Our Customer Service team will notify you when your
order is ready for pickup - some items may not be ready the same day, as certain inventory is
located at our Chicago warehouse. We normally have two transfers per day, so depending on
when the order was placed, it will be available for pickup in the afternoon, early evening, or by
the afternoon of the next day. Please have your seven digit order number handy when you
check in at the front counter, and we'll happily assist!

- Our international shipping rates should reflect on the item listing. Feel free to message us
directly for shipping quotes on specific items or with any questions. Please note, international
shipments may take extra time and are subject to delays.

- All shipping rates are for actual transportation charges and do not include VAT, import taxes,
or brokerage fees, which vary from country to country. We recommend planning for those
fees in advance if possible.

- Most of our preset shipping rates are for USPS International Service. USPS is typically less
expensive than UPS, but their international tracking system is not as accurate. Tracking
updates are often infrequent. Packages mailed internationally with a Customs Declaration
Label number beginning with an “L” or “U” are not traceable. These numbers are NOT for
tracking purposes and will not be scanned by the destination country’s Postal Service. They
are used for Customs and dispatch purposes only. In order to see end to end tracking of a
First Class or Priority Mail International package of less than 4 lbs., customer will need to add
the Registered Service, or use Global Express Guaranteed or Priority Express Mail services
instead. These are the only mailing services that will give tracking information all the way
from the acceptance date until the delivery date, unless the package is going to a “Non-
scanning” country.

*Be advised, international packages shipped USPS are often in transit a number of weeks, and
can be subject to delays. If you'd like to upgrade your shipping, please let us know before
placing your order.

-We ship guitars via UPS Worldwide Expedited unless you request a different service. Arrival
times may vary from country to country. Some large items such as bass guitars, drum kits,
amplifiers, and speaker cabinets may not be eligible for shipping via USPS due to size
limitations. Some brands cannot be shipped internationally due to manufacturer restrictions.
Feel free to message or call us with any questions.

- If you order contains Brazilian Rosewood, or any other CITES restricted woods, your
shipment might be delayed due to Customs processing standards that CME is subject to as
the shipper. All orders requiring CITES documentation must ship to the buyer's residential
address. If your country requires CITES import permits, please work with your local Customs
agency to obtain these permits prior to shipment.

- We are unable to ship to Russia due to the current trade sanctions.

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Return Window

This product can be returned within 3 days of receipt.

General Terms

Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless the item was not received as described.


Buyer receives a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping costs.

Special Conditions

In the event you would like to cancel the order, please contact us as soon as possible. Cancellations, address changes, or shipping upgrades may not be able to occur if an order has been fully processed by our shipping department, and are subject to a fee if already in transit. Orders are shipped via UPS or USPS, and tracking will become available once a shipping label is created. Please let us know if you'd like your order shipped Fedex before checking out - this service may have an extra fee.

**Address changes with a different zip code are not able to be changed after an order has been placed, for sales tax purposes. Please ensure you are entering the preferred shipping address at checkout. If possible, we can cancel and refund the order if it has not been completely processed.

We’re all musicians here at Chicago Music Exchange and we want you to love the gear you get from us. We understand that sometimes you get a piece of gear that doesn’t work out for you. That’s why we offer an easy return policy to take the stress out of purchasing from us.

- If you decide you'd like to return an item, please contact the sales rep who assisted you, or our Customer Service team. You can submit a refund request with details, or reach out to us via message. We'll get back to you as quickly as possible with easy instructions on how to get your product back to us safely and efficiently.

- Most new items may be returned within 30 days of delivery and most vintage & used items may be returned within 3 days of delivery for a full refund (minus outbound shipping charge), exchange, or store credit. We simply ask that items are returned in their original condition and include all accessories, documentation, and packaging. If your item was sent with Free Shipping (including Free Two-Day), the outbound rate will be deducted from your refund. This would not apply to items that are defective or damaged upon receipt. Restocking fees do not normally apply, less the product is returned with flaws, damage, or missing packaging/parts.

- Please ensure that the item is packed safely for the return shipment with the customer return authorization (CRMA) number clearly written on the box. Buyers are responsible for all return shipping costs unless the return is due to a defective or incorrect item or it was damaged in shipping. Any outbound shipping charges are not refundable.

- Some products are not returnable due to the consumable nature of the product, copyright reasons, or sanitary reasons. Some of the items include, but not limited to: guitar & bass strings, amplifier tubes, previously installed instrument pickups or speakers, drum heads, drum sticks, cleaning products, software, books, microphones, harmonicas, earplugs, earbuds, headphones, as well as any other products designed to come in contact with the mouth or ears.

- We strive to process all refunds within 48 hours of the return been received at our location. Credit card refunds typically take 1-4 business days to post to your account, but could vary based upon your bank's processing times. If you bought an item using Affirm financing, we offer full refunds for purchases.

- For logistical reasons we are unable to offer returns on any transaction involving a trade, both in store and online.

- If you have any questions, we’re always here for you. Feel free to message us or give us a call at 773-525-7773.

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Chicago, IL, United States
Joined: Oct 2012

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