Scottsdale, AZ. (July 25) - Fender has released the new Eric Clapton Crossroads limited edition "Sun Strat" and the Crossroads Limited Edition ''57 Twin-Amp. The guitar and amp, introduced this week in conjunction with Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007, are Fender''s way of honoring and supporting Clapton''s philanthropic efforts. The Strat will be produced in a limited run of 100 instruments globally; 50 Twin-Amps will be made. All profits from the project will benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation facility founded by Clapton in 1998.
Fifty of the guitars will be paired with the amps in exclusive Crossroads Platinum Packages for $30,000 each. The other 50 Crossroads guitars will be offered in packages for $20,000 each.
While Fender has a long tradition of producing world-class signature series instruments with top musicians, this latest venture represents an extraordinary collaboration. Fender Custom Shop Master Builders have dedicated meticulous effort to reflect the spirit of Clapton’s artistry and philanthropy. Each guitar will be crafted to Clapton’s specification and bear a unique “Crossroads Antigua” graphic designed and originally hand-drawn by Clapton himself.
The commemorative Crossroads ’57 Twin-Amps are modeled after the original ’57 Twin—one of the most collectable amps of all time—with the classic Fender sound and design that made them so desirable. This limited-edition amplifier features a custom engraved commemorative “Crossroads 2007” badge autographed by Eric and his “Crossroads Antigua” graphic is artistically embedded on the grill cloth.
Master-Built in Fender’s Custom Shop, the Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster guitar was created with Clapton’s own guidance and supervision by the very same artisans who handcraft Eric’s personal instruments. The arm-contour upper body flank features a smiling sun “Crossroads Antigua” graphic hand-drawn by Clapton himself. The guitar comes in a custom Anvil flight case and includes a certificate signed by Eric.
The Crossroads platinum package combo will also include a guitar certificate signed by Clapton; an official Crossroads tour laminate, set list and program book; Clapton guitar picks; a commemorative Crossroads guitar strap and a framed, limited edition art print of the Crossroads instrument package.
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