Anyhow, I noted that Fender is producing a tribute Eric Clapton's 1956 Sunburst Stratocaster known as Brownie. This is a very famous guitar. Yes I said famous guitar. These instruments tell a story. The albums they've recorded, the concert venues they filled and the musicians they have played with all add to the allure of these things.
Many musicians even name their guitars. BB King's Gibson ES335 is affectionately known as Lucille. John Mayer's main strat is called "the black one" and so on.
Courtesy of Wikipedia:
Brownie was the affectionate name to a Fender Stratocaster that was used extensively by Eric Clapton during the early 70's, most notably with Derek and the Dominos on their album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.
BROWNIE SOLD AT CHRISTIE'S TO RAISE MONEY FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL TREATMENT CENTER....... On June 24, 1999 Clapton sold the guitar through Christie's Auction House in New York City to help raise funds for his alcohol and drug treatment center, Crossroads Centre. Brownie sold for $450,000 becoming the most expensive guitar ever sold at the time only to be eclipsed by Clapton's other favorite guitar Blackie on June 24, 2004. Brownie can now be seen by the public at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington under the ownership of Paul Allen. In 2006, another Stratocaster, signed by a large group of celebrities, including Clapton, was auctioned to benefit the victims of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, selling for $2.6 million, shattering "Brownie"'s record.
ONE OF BROWNIE'S MOST FAMOUS SONGS - LAYLA!
Only 100 of these tribute guitars will be made. They are an exact replica in every detail crafted in Fender's custom shop by their master luthiers. So, if you have an extra 15 grand then you should grab one! These will no doubt be a sound investment that will only appreciate in value over time.
It's a remarkable story and you could be a part of it!
I'll leave you with a live performance of one of Brownie's most famous songs LAYLA!
Enjoy and PLAY ON!