Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Fenders come in all sorts of colors: white, blue, red, gold, green... whatever takes your fancy. But perhaps the most famous Fender of all is black: Eric Clapton's Fender Stratocaster guitar, known as "Blackie."
Back in 1970, Clapton bought a bunch of 1950's vintage Stratocasters. He gave some to his friends like Pete Townshend and Steve Winwood, and from the ones that were left, he took a 1956 body, a 1957 neck, and the pickups from a third guitar, and made Blackie. From 1970 until the mid-80's, Blackie was Eric's primary stage and studio guitar.
In 2004, Clapton sold Blackie at Christie’s in New York to raise money for the Crossroads alcohol and drug treatment centre he had founded in Antigua. Blackie sold for $959,500!
I also own a black Fender, but it's not worth as much as Blackie. And I don't sound much like Eric Clapton when I play it. But I can dream.
What's that you say? You thought this was a sailing blog? You imagined this post would be about boat fenders? Please try and keep up. There was an election around here in 2008 and my readers voted convincingly that they didn't want this blog to be about sailing any more; they wanted me to write about "whatever the hell I want." So that's what I'm doing. I like Eric Clapton. I like guitars. I like Fenders. Especially black ones.
In the interests of full disclosure, I would like to point out that this post is sponsored by Boating.com, a great resource for boat fenders and more. So if you want to know more about boat fenders, fender locks, fender adjusters, fender lines, fender hangers, blue fenders, red fenders, white fenders and (my favorite) black fenders then head over to boat fenders and knock your brains out.
Boat fenders are a mystery to me.
After all, I'm a Laser sailor.
And a guitarist.
Posted by Tillerman at 5:32 PM