Friday, April 2, 2010
During their meeting Clapton inquired of Crash the possibility of painting a Strat for him. This didn't happen until three years later.
This resulting guitar came to be known as the Crashocaster. The guitar was known by several other titles; Crash #1, the Over-the-Rainbow Strat or the Rainbow Strat. He went on to make two more Crashocasters for Clapton.
2004 was also the year Fender opened the companies Custom Shop. Fender decided to commission Crash to paint 50 Stratocaster Custom Shop bodies featuring the artists graffiti inspired designs. The project took Crash two years to complete. The 50th body was finished in January of 2007.
Though Crashocaster is the name most Fender enthusiasts refer to these guitars, it was never recognized by Fender. Instead it was dubbed Custom Crash Stratocasters.
John Mayer's Crashocaster
Crash may have produced some painted bodies that were not commissioned by or approved by the Fender Musical Instrument Company.
Clapton's instruments, the Crash-1, known as Rainbow Strat was painted in 2000 and the Crash-2 was done in 2002 with the Crash-3 being painted in 2004. These guitars were above those commissioned requested by Fender. So there are actually 53 Crashocasters.
The Custom Shop run of these models feature body painting by Crash; however they are not Eric Clapton signature Stratocasters although the feature similar specifications there are slight differences between the two models.