Eric Clapton – 1996 Fender Custom Shop Dinky Stratocaster, no. 5/5 specially commissioned for Eric Clapton, pearl finish, within a bespoke Morris & Holmberg hard case complete with Fender Custom Shop certificate of authenticity and accessory pack

*Provenance: sold on behalf of David Costa of Wherefore Art?, who was given the guitar in late 2003/early 2004 by Roger Forrester, formerly Eric Clapton’s manager. The edition of five Dinky Stratocasters was commissioned through John Page at the Fender Custom Shop, each finished in a colour to match one of Eric’s Ferraris. During this time, Eric and Roger had terminated their long professional relationship and the five guitars were put away and forgotten about. Later, as a gesture of friendship, Roger gifted this guitar to David. Of the remaining four of the edition, one was allegedly presented to Andy Fairweather Lowe, one to Lee Dickson (Eric’s long-time guitar tech) and the other two possibly still within Roger Forrester’s possession. Sold with a full statement of provenance written and signed by David Costa, along with a copy letter of provenance from Roger Forrester confirming that the guitar was gifted to David Costa.

David Costa is an art director and designer in the music business and has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Eric Clapton, having worked with him on the design for the 24 Nights album package and later albums including The Cradle, Pilgrim and Riding With The King

‘Dinky’ model Fender guitars are incredibly rare. There appears to be some mystique behind them within the Fender ranks and research would suggest that they are possibly made for Fender internal commission only.

Estimate £10,000 – 15,000 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)

Not sold 11th March 2020