Hicksville, N.Y. (December 5, 2008) -- In 1998, Eric Clapton’s vision of opening a world-class drug and alcohol treatment center on the island of Antigua became a reality. The non-profit Crossroads Center has developed into an internationally recognized treatment center providing services to individuals and their families suffering from the devastating effects of addiction.
In 2008 Richard Ash, Co-CEO of Sam Ash Music had an idea to incorporate the spirit of the Eric Clapton Strat with the spirit of the Crossroads Center. He commissioned a limited run of 100 pieces of the signature model in the classic "Antigua" finish along with a commitment to donate $100,000 to the Crossroads Center. And that is how the Fender Eric Clapton Antigua Stratocaster was born.
This exclusive instrument is currently being built by the Fender Custom Shop. These highly collectible guitars will be available on a first come, first served basis. Features include a select alder body, 1-piece maple neck with soft “V” shape, 22 vintage style frets, 3 vintage noiseless pickups, “blocked” American Vintage synchronized tremolo and vintage black case. Each instrument will be individually numbered from 1 through 100 and come with an official certificate of authenticity.
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