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Fender Buddy Guy - Eric Clapton Signature Modded Stratocaster Made in US

The sound clips below were recorded with the Clapton Mid Boost gain control turned to zero and the TBX Tone Control turned to 10 for maximum treble a'la Buddy Guy's tone which is also the same as the original Eric Clapton Signature Strat when they featured  Lace Sensor Gold pickups instead of his newer "vintage toneless" pickups as some refer to them as. The Lace Golds sounds fantastic if you want the clean, active Strat Buddy Guy tone or much or Eric's. It's also what Stevie Winwood uses in his surf green Strat that he set Clapton's 2008 Crossroads Festival on fire with, prompting Eric to do a tour with him. Remember how great Dr. Mr. Fantasy sounded? These are the pickups!

With the Clapton Mid Boost, having the gain set to zero gives a clean "Stratty" tone but not to be confused with no gain because the Boost puts out a whopping 72k of output on any setting (clean or boosted) vs. 6k for a regular Strat type pickup. It's kind of like having a clean-fat boost pedal built into your guitar but has much more direct presence and none of the noise associated with the extra cables. It also sounds really fantastic running into modeler effects like the new Eventide TimeFactor or ModFactor making all of their effects come to life far better than any pedal ever could achieve.

This is partly because it is powered by a 9v battery and the circuit is always active vs. standard pickups which are passive. I installed an on/off switch like Buddy Guy did on a few of his Strats. Otherwise, if you leave the cable plugged in, it drains the battery and the guitar will not work with a dead or no battery as the mid boost is always in the circuit and can not be bypassed exactly how Buddy and Eric's works. Not to worry though, because it could take several months to a year to fully drain a fresh battery since there is such a low draw of power, but still best to turn it off.

Clips 1 thru 5 are played clean starting with the neck-middle positons, then middle-bridge position, because these are the 2 positions (2&4) that Buddy Guy is famous for using to get his signature sound. On clips 6 thru 10, the gain control is turned up to around 7-8 to have more of a boosted or humbucking pickup type sound. Speaking of the battery, I installed the Mid Boost without routing a battery compartment into the back of the body and storing the battery under the pickguard as I'm not a supporter of cutting into body and removing wood. Since the battery rarely needs changed, (maybe once per year), it can be changed every several months upon string change or the battery could last for a few years if it's not in use.

Equipment Used To Record the Clips...

Guitar: U.S. Made Fender Highway 1 Strat body with a US Made American Standard Maple Neck complete with top of the line Sperzel locking tuning machines as used in the Robin Trower Signature Strat, plus 3 Lace Sensor Gold pickups as used in both the Buddy Guy Strat and Eric Clapton Stratocasters, along with the Clapton Mid Boost kit also used in both Buddy's and Eric Signature guitars. You will hear Buddy's sound instantly on the clips below.

Amp Used: Marshall JCM 800 Split Channel w/Reverb 50 Watt Combo 1986 into a 2x12 Cabinet loaded with G12C Greenbacks as used in the Jimi Hendrix JH100 Stack (next to impossible to get). Pedal used on later hi-gain clips: MXR Carbon Copy Delay with a touch of reverb.

Sound clips below, actual guitar and then a clip of Buddy Guy playing his signature Strat below that on one of his DVD lessons called Buddy Guy - Teachin' The Blues....(I love that DVD by the way!)

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Transparent Sapphire Blue Cream Colored Lace Sensor Gold Pickups, Fender Pearloid Pickguard
9.5 Neck Radius
Natural Relicing front and back due to Fender's "thinskin Nitro Finish designed to cause faster relic,
Buddy Guy - Eric Clapton Modded Strat with Mid Boost Kit
Light dings and scratches but body was compound rubbed and buff shined from original satin dull finish
Sperzel Tuners - Vintage style headstock
Vintage style headstock
Aged knobs and cream pickup covers Cream Lace Sensor Gold Pickups.
Steel Vintage Saddles for true Fender tones
More nicks and natural relic. Looks cool in person!
Natural Relicing from belt buckle Smooth C Profile neck is really sweet to hold and play! Clapton Mid Boost Kit
TBX Controls
 
Back view
Rear View Sperzel Locking Tuners
Fender Buddy Guy - Eric Clapton Signature Modded Stratocaster Made in US

Watch Buddy Play his Signature Strat Below with the Clapton Mid Boost Kit. Sounds pretty close to mine eh?! ;-)

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