Thursday, July 21, 2011

Homemade Custom Gold Leaf Strat

This is the homemade Gold Leaf Strat that I built this Spring. I remember going to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame about 10 years ago, and saw this guitar... knowing nothing about gold leaf, I wasn't really sure what I was looking at. Now I am.
Fender designed this guitar for Mr. Eric Clapton. The Fender Custom Shop will make it for you for about $6,000. I made it for less than that, and it was a pain in my... wrist. I sought out a custom-wired pickguard that simulates Eric's wiring with Gold Lace pickups and specially designed tone controls... the inside of this thing is like a computer! And the sound is INCREDIBLE because of it. Honestly, this is one of the first guitars I built to sell that I'm actually tempted to keep!!!
I put a V profile Fender neck on- the same kind of neck preferred by Clapton and used both on Blackie and the Gold Leaf Strat. It's beautiful birdseye maple, and I did a vintage amber finish over it. (drooling)
This guitar features ALL gold Fender hardware- not foreign knockoffs, FENDER. Even though these Fender parts are made internationally. IN ANY CASE... this is the good stuff. Bridge, strap pins, neckplate, pickguard, backplate, string trees... and Gold Kluson tuners.
I did a lacquer finish over the body for a sleek, polished look. You can tell from the photographs, this thing glows.


  1. Beautiful replication of Eric's EC-1 guitar.

    There are some differences between the original EC-1 and your Gold Leaf replica.

    The EC-1 is routed for three single-coils and the printed circuit board. It also features a blocked original vintage tremolo bridge as Eric doesn't use the whammy.

    Your guitar has an HHH rout allowing for multiple pickup configurations. Also, the PCB is located in the control cavity, making the need of an extra rout unnecessary.

  2. Hey Travis,

    Could you tell me if you used patent or loose leaves, how many leaves you used and the finish you used on the body please?

    Thanks a lot in advance :)

  3. you should do that to an epiphone sg