The Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster guitar, or â€œSun Stratâ€� will be produced in a limited run of 100 instruments globally; the Crossroads â€™57 Twin-Amps will number only 50. All profits from the project will benefit the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, the drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation facility founded by Clapton on the small, idyllic Caribbean island 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. The on-sale date is July 20, 2007 exclusively at the Fender websiteâ€”only eight days before Claptonâ€™s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 in Chicago on July 28.
While Fender has a long tradition of producing world-class signature series instruments with top musicians, this latest venture represents an extraordinary collaboration. Fender tell us that their Custom Shop Master Builders have dedicated meticulous effort to reflect the spirit of Claptonâ€™s artistry and philanthropy. Each guitar will be crafted to Claptonâ€™s specification and bear a unique â€˜Crossroads Antiguaâ€™ graphic designed and originally hand-drawn by Clapton himself.
The commemorative Crossroads â€™57 Twin-Amps are modeled after the original â€™57 Twinâ€”one of the most collectable amps of all time. This limited-edition amplifier features a custom engraved commemorative â€˜Crossroads 2007â€™ badge autographed by Eric and his â€˜Crossroads Antiguaâ€™ graphic is artistically embedded on the grille cloth.
Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop director told us, â€œWe are extremely honored to work with Eric on these limited edition Crossroads guitars and amps. At its essence, this is a passion project that allows Fender to support the Crossroads Centre, Antigua and to show our great love and appreciation for Eric.â€�
Master-Built in Fenderâ€™s Corona, Calif., Custom Shop, the Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster guitar was created with Claptonâ€™s own guidance and supervision by the very same artisans who handcraft Ericâ€™s personal instruments. The arm-contour upper body flank features a smiling sun â€˜Crossroads Antiguaâ€™ graphic hand-drawn by Clapton himself. The guitar comes in a custom Anvil flight case and includes a certificate signed by Eric.
Fender tell us that the â€™57 Twin-Amp is Eric Claptonâ€™s personal amp of choice for studio and stage use. This unique Crossroads premium package 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.
About Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007:
Claptonâ€™s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 takes place July 28 at Chicagoâ€™s Toyota Park, with a stellar lineup of blues and rock performers including Clapton, Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Steve Winwood and many others. The 28,000-capacity event sold out in only 15 minutes. As with the first Crossroads Guitar Festival, held in June 2004 in Dallas, proceeds from the concert benefit the Crossroads Centre, Antigua.
About Crossroads Centre, Antigua:
Founded in 1998, Crossroads Centre, Antigua was created to provide treatment and education to chemically dependent persons, those with other compulsive addictive behaviors, their families and their significant others. Treatment is provided through residential care, family and aftercare programs. The pathway to recovery is founded on the movement toward a change in lifestyle. Crossroads Centre, Antigua also operates a 16-bed halfway house in Antigua called the Bevon House (exclusively for Antigua residents) and facilitates a school-based education series, Breaking the Cycle, in all Antiguan schools. The Crossroads Centre has recently expanded its program to offer transitional living for men, in line with the Crossroads Centreâ€™s philosophy on recovery, at The Sanctuary in Delray Beach, Florida, for those who have completed a residential treatment program. For more information, visit: www.crossroadsantigua.org
Pricing and Availability:
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. The on-sale date is July 20, 2007