ZZ...I would agree whole heartedly that the Pewter (called Anthrocyte back then) is the best color from the first version...but I wouldn't mind having one of the custom shop daphe blue versions too
X...That is one clean example and nice photography of it too! I did not know there were any black guitars prior to the official release. I read that EC didn't want to do the black at first.
At inception black was not included. Then he got to thinking that a black guitar was in order. The first prototype, built by Mike Stevens, was sold at auction as Lot #86 in 2004. The neck end is stamped 2/23/88. It was one of two neck Stevens had built. It was Eric's main stage guitar from the summer of 1990 until March of 1993...used on the Journeyman tour, 24 Nights, and the Japan Tour with George Harrison, to name a few. There's a thread entitled '1987 Clapton Signature Strat Prototype George Blanda 7 of 12 which was posted on the Let' Talk Custom Shop Forum by jk456 on August 14, 2009 in which we carried on a rather intense discussion which came to include this guitar. It will serve to read the entire thread including the links which are included in some of the posts because the chronology of the evolution of this model is a bit convoluted in terms of dates, parts, and finishes.