About 2 months ago I bought a loaded Clapton pickguard with the Active pickups off a fellow Harmony Central member (who I am told frequents Jemsite as well) that was out of his 1996 Torino Red USA Eric Clapton Signature Strat.
I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it, but I love the sound of those pickups, and I thought...what the heck?? I'll find something to put them in. Well.....did I ever!!
I ended up on **** doing a deal on a amp with a guy whose brother works at the Fender Custom Shop. One e-mail led to another, and I was put in connection with this Fender CS employee who was pretty sure he could make me a bad ass Clapton-like replica as a "side project."
...So, the pickups have found a home.
No, this wasn't $25,000, No, it doesn't come with a COA..... and no, it wasn't exactly cheap.... but for what it is, it's F'ing SWEET!!!
It's essentially the same "Blackie" that they made 400 of, only with the electronics out of a new Clapton USA strat. Neck profile is 9.5 radius, medium frets (as I requested) ...not med/jumbo...not vintage. What's that on the back of the tremelo cover??? That's a custom made kill switch!!
The battery that run the pickups is tucked under the pickguard, and with the kill switch...the battery will last forever before needing replaced.
Notice the detail.... the cigarette burns on the headstock, the worn and dingy fretboard....rusted tuners, saddles, and unput jack...etc..etc... This is easily the lightest strat I have ever picked up....
Well, anyways.... just that I'd let Jule's see where his pickups ended up. (I think his name was Julian? who I bought the pickups from)
The pickups were out of a 1996 EC signature that he had bought new in 1996, and still has to this day.