Blackie ble solgt på auksjon i 2004. Foto fra Christie's
Via gode venner som Øivin Fjeld og Phil Hadler fikk vi stilt spørsmålet til Claptons Guitar Tech gjennom mange år, Lee Dickson. Han kom inn i bildet noen år etter at Blackie ble skapt, og har følgende korte kommentar:
"Only Eric knows".
Og Erics versjon er bl.a. gjengitt i hans Autobiography (Arrow Books, 2008):
“The guitar I chose to use for my return to recording was one that I had built myself, a black Fender Stratocaster which I had nicknamed 'Blackie'.
In the early days, in spite of my admiration for both Buddy Holly and Buddy Guy, both Strat players, I had predominantly played a Gibson Les Paul, but one day, while I was on tour with the Dominos, I saw Steve Winwood with a white Strat, and, inspired by him,
I went into Sho-Bud in Nashville, which had a stack of Strats in the back of the shop. They were completely out of fashion at the time and I bought six or seven of them for a song, no more than about $100 each. These were vintage instruments, which today would
be worth about a hundred times that. When I got home I gave one to Steve, one to Pete Townshend, another to George Harrison, and kept the rest. I then took three of them and made one guitar out of the three, using the best components of each.”
[Guitarist, November 2017] ask what it was about this 50s hybrid Strat that made it so special and after a little thought, Clapton replies, “The fact that I made it. It was one of the last guitars that I kind of road-managed myself, really. Therefore
it felt like it was invested with some kind of soul, you know…”
Mao. ingen tvil om at Clapton skrudde sammen gitaren selv - hjemme I England.
Men er dette hele historien, eller finnes det mer … Gitarkeologene måtte frem
med tannbørste og teskje og undersøke nærmere.
Fender har f.eks. publisert en helt annen historie om Blackie’s tilblivelse på sine hjemmesider. Historien om innkjøpet er den samme, men her slås det fast at
det var en gitarmaker i Nashville som bygde Blackie: