A rare opportunity to own a guitar owned and played by one of the all-time greats. Heritage Auctions and former Asleep at the Wheel guitarist Johnny Nicholas are proud to offer Eric Clapton's personal Custom Shop Stratocaster. A noted blues player, Johnny Nicholas was a member of the Grammy winning Asleep at the Wheel before he and his wife Brenda settled down to raise a family in the Texas Hill Country. During his time with Asleep at the Wheel, Johnny became and remains close friends with Eric Clapton. So much so that when Brenda was diagnosed with Leukemia, Mr. Clapton was kind enough to offer one of his personally owned and played guitars to help raise money for Brenda's courageous fight. Sadly, Brenda Nicholas recently lost her battle with the disease. However, it is the desire of Mr. Clapton to see this wonderful guitar sold in an effort ease the Nicholas family's medical expenses and to further alternative Leukemia treatment research. This Masterbuilt Strat was built by Todd Krause for Eric Clapton in 2014. It has been verified by Mr. Clapton's representation as one of two Stratocasters used on May 21, 2015 during his 70th birthday concert as documented in the concert film Slowhand at 70-Live at the Royal Albert Hall. The guitar appears nearly as new with the exception of a few very light scratches on the back from Eric's playing the guitar. The guitar's pickguard is signed by Eric Clapton in black Sharpie. The Custom Shop COA, case candy and tool kit are included. Additional provenance will be provided to the winning bidder. Heritage Auctions and the Nicholas Family greatly appreciate the thoughtful consideration of Mr. Clapton. Original hard case included. Condition: Mint. Price Guide Value N/Amore
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