Monday, July 18, 2011
Ok, it's a crappy, cheap, entry-level Chinese-made strat. But it's the guitar my heroes play (minus the crappy, cheap, entry-level, Chinese-made part). Three single-coil pickups, 5-way switching, and the classic strat look. Mine is white, because Jeff Beck's is white (though his is Olympic white, mine is arctic white). The Fender Stratocaster has been around since 1954, and along with the Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, and Gibson SG, is responsible for most of the great rock and roll of the last 50 years. My guitar is about as far away as you can get from the 2 guitars below and still share the same name. Both of these guitars were owned by Eric Clapton, and both, when sold at auction, held the record for highest price ever fetched for a guitar at auction. The first is "Brownie", the guitar Clapton played with Derek and the Dominos, which he used to write and record "Layla". Brownie sold at auction in 1999 for $450,000, and is currently owned by Microsoft's Paul Allen. The second is "Blackie", which Clapton pieced together from three separate strats, and played from 1973 through 1985. Blackie sold at auction in 2004 for $959,500 to the retail chain Guitar Center.