#2
They're probably vintage noiseless or lace sensors of some kind. It's not so much the pickups as it is the wood in the guitar and the TBX tone control circuit he uses.
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#4
Maybe Vintage Noiseless. But I'm pretty sure more tone comes from your amp.
#6
yea. i know a lot of tone come from the amp. but i just want better pickups cause i am getting a standard strat

EDIT: not american
#7
not sure exactly but I know he has a mid boost installed in there. I think his other has coil splits and junk in it too.
#8
Clapton uses vintage noiseless pickups i believe.
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#9
I'd say they're lace sensors, golds if I recall correctly. His active tone circuits and amp are far more important here.

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#10
Clapton = Tweed '57 Twin + American strat w/ Maple fretboard + TBX midboost circuit. You really won't need the lace sensors most likely.
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#11
they are Lace Sensors, actually Clapton uses the Vintage Noisless pickups but a few years ago he used the Lace Sensors
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#12
I think that Clapton made the switch to Vintage Noiseless Pickups at that time. But that's not what makes his unique sound (lots of people use these pickups).

What Clapton does use are 2 things:

1 - a Fender '57 Twin Amp: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/57TwinAmp/
(He actually uses two of these at times in stereo)

2 - Fender Mid-Boost Kit (Known as the Eric Clapton Kit): http://www.beyondeleven.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=fender-mid-boost-0057577000

Now, if you buy a Stratocaster, you're half way there to getting his sound. Since you're buying a Mexican Stratocaster (nothing wrong with that), I'm pretty sure that you won't have the money for one of his $2400 amps.

I don't know what you currently have for an Amp, but you're going to want a tube amp. I'd recommend a Fender Blues Junior NOS. It will give you the Tube sound, the Tweed resonance (if there is such a thing), and a better speaker than the standard Blues Junior.

You also must have the TBX/Midboost circuit. This will require a lot of soldering, and depending on how you want to place the circuit, a bit of routing on your guitar body. I accomplished this by taking my body to a custom cabinet making, and had him rout the body to the Clapton body spec's.

And that's it Lace Gold Sensors or Vintage Noiseless, it's your choice, he's used both. But a good Fender Tube amp and the Midboost kit are a must.
#14
In that video, he was using Lace (you can really see it during the solo at ~3:00ish). He started using Lace Gold's in 1988, but stopped around 2001 (He still has guitars in his arsenal with Lace Golds, but has primarily used Vintage Noiseless since 2001).

See this video (2001): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF0EMnruqzY

Here he uses Vintage Noiseless, which offer a different but great sound compared to the Lace (Note: Don't listen to the rhythm guitar, he has near metal sounds coming out of his amp (gag)).

I still prefer the sound of Lace Golds through the Midboost kit

My two favorite examples of Lace Golds/Midboost/Clapton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKxiajcaoEQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f367pJQfusw

Just watch both of those solos...if you still don't like the sound of Lace Golds, then you never will
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