The “Layla” guitar – not the type of brownie you have in mind boy.
I am not a big fan of “tribute” guitars, Fender can say whatever about it but I’d rather go for a normal Strat and get the sunburst color I want… however, the Eric Clapton “Brownie” is super cute and let’s face it, it’s a replica of one of Clapton’s weapons – I’m sure some of you might be interested to know about this guitar, if you don’t already.
So Clapton came into the Fender Custom Shop with his “brownie” in hand and you know, this guitar has story! A second hand guitar purchased at Sound City in London on May 7, 1967, a few days before Cream flew to New York to record their second album, “Disraeli Gears”. It was a 1956 Strat with a two-colored sunburst finish and a well-worn maple neck and fingerboard.
Fender now tells you that getting a ride with the Delorean is not needed anymore if you wanna go to Sound City just a few hours before Clapton got in there… you can now go to your nearest music store and try it out if you are lucky enough as there are only 100 worldwide!
The guitar comes in a special black textured vinyl Derek and the Dominos “Fragile” case that also contains several extras, including a numbered certificate of authenticity hand-signed by Clapton, the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition box set of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, a Fender Custom Shop story and photo album booklet, and a Crossroads Antigua brochure.
Each “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster is hand-built by Clapton’s personal Master Builder, Todd Krause. The guitar is a meticulously crafted replica of the sunburst Stratocaster seen on the back cover of 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, and on the cover of Clapton’s eponymous 1970 debut solo album.
Price… mmmm… I better not tell you as it is probably SOLD OUT! But check out this beauty!