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I was planning on buying a Clapton Signature and then i noticed there's an Artist model and a Custom Shop Artist model. Does anyone know what the differences are between these two guitars? And would it be worth the $500 extra for a Custom Shop model?
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To my hands, the Artist is better than the Custom Shop. But then, to each their own... I think the only real difference is the CS has Clapton sig on it XD
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buy the blackie!!
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i would... if i had twenty thousand dollars to blow
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The Clapton Custom shop had possibly the nicest neck I've ever played, but to me, didn't sound particularly great. If its just what you're after though, go for it.
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F*&$ the artist based guitars!!!
Get your own guitar and sound.
Why bother playing guitar at all?? Just listen to Clapton CD's and play air guitar!!
#9
^ Interesting.

The Clapton Strat (one thats not like 20 thousand) is a really nice guitar so I hear, and has a humbucking switch option in the bridge.
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F*&$ the artist based guitars!!!
Get your own guitar and sound.
Why bother playing guitar at all?? Just listen to Clapton CD's and play air guitar!!


i agree... its pretty cheesy to buy a guitar that has someone's else specs on it, not your own.
#11
The Clapton strat is pretty sweet. I use the boost system it has a lot when playing live so I don't have to switch guitars as much.
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^ What, like the Les Paul? Strictly speaking that is a signature model, but no one thinks twice about that being someones signature model.
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Hmm. . .with guitars like signatures it can be very annoying BUT it depends, like getting an SRV strat (with SRV writtien across it) for the intention of looking like SRV is different to getting an SRV strat and using it cos you like th epickups, the left handed trem the Pau Ferro neck.
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^ What, like the Les Paul? Strictly speaking that is a signature model, but no one thinks twice about that being someones signature model.


how is my les paul imitating someone else's specs? i changed out the volume/tone knobs, got new pickups, took off the pickguard, sometime down the road, getting new tuning pegs... mine was standard STOCK. everything im doing to it is what I want... not buying a highly overpriced guitar with someone else's name and specs on it.
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Hmm. . .with guitars like signatures it can be very annoying BUT it depends, like getting an SRV strat (with SRV writtien across it) for the intention of looking like SRV is different to getting an SRV strat and using it cos you like th epickups, the left handed trem the Pau Ferro neck.


if you like the pickups and the "left handed trem the Pau Ferro neck", u can buy it and put it on a regular strat without having to pay for the signature name...
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Hmm. . .with guitars like signatures it can be very annoying BUT it depends, like getting an SRV strat (with SRV writtien across it) for the intention of looking like SRV is different to getting an SRV strat and using it cos you like th epickups, the left handed trem the Pau Ferro neck.


SRV strat doesnt have a pau ferro neck, well not at least anymore, the first 150 made did. All the other ones have rosewood or Brazilian rosewood.
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^ What, like the Les Paul? Strictly speaking that is a signature model, but no one thinks twice about that being someones signature model.


Unless I'm mistaken, the LP was designed in collaboration with Les Paul. He wasn't playing one and then Gibson came to him and said, "We really like your tone, can we copy your guitar?" They came to him and said, "Would you help us design a good guitar?"

Whereas with the Clapton (God) Strat, Clapton (God) had been playing the Strat for a long time, and Fender recognised that Clapton (God) is a great player, and said, "We really like your tone, can we copy your guitar?"

That, I think, is the difference.
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ur a lucky bastard to either one.
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^ Agreed.

And I understand why you'd think it's cheesy to try to get a guitar that copies someone elses specs, but I reeeeeeeally love the tone of Blackie. There are a few mod's I'd love to do to the guitar though... (24 Fret Neck and a Floyd Rose Tremolo... Mmm).
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if you like the pickups and the "left handed trem the Pau Ferro neck", u can buy it and put it on a regular strat without having to pay for the signature name...


I think a fretboard change, refretting, and changing your routing to acomidate a left handed trem will be a little bit more than a signature strat.
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i have my own clapton kinda strat =]
it works well.
so much mid ^_^
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F*&$ the artist based guitars!!!
Get your own guitar and sound.
Why bother playing guitar at all?? Just listen to Clapton CD's and play air guitar!!


You do know that Pete Townshend uses a Clapton sig guitar, right? I somewhat doubt he's trying to copy Clapton.
#23
where else are you going to find that nice of a strat with a mid boost installed in it already. chances are if you put one in youself your voiding any waranties and your not going to do as good of a job. its not like its something rediculous with stickers and shit all over it. its a strat with a mid boost. i doubt hes after it just because it was claptons
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I have the signature model. Its not custom shop or the blackie replica but it is one of 94 made w/ a rosewood fretboard. Ive never played the CS one but the sig is really nice. The neck on it takes some getting used to though. Its not like any other fender ive ever played, in fact its way better and it sounds dreamy w/ vintage noisless pups although im wondering what the ones w/ lace sensors sound like.
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#27
the custom shop one is the one clapton actually plays, plus, not that you should ever sell it, but it will be worth an astounding amount of money in 20 years.