The bridge plate or neckplate were applied to a guitar with no thought to keeping any kind of number sequence.
Fender serial numbers were assigned like this: As you can see from this over-simplified example, serial number assignment was fairly random. The only truly definitive way to date a pre-CBS fender is to look at all the dates on the instrument (body date, neck date, pot dates).
The Eric Clapton Signature has a trio of Vintage Noiseless single-coil pickups, which combine with the resonant Alder body to produce the iconic stratocaster tone that is ideal for everything from rock and jazz to country and blues.
The world's greatest artists have come to Fender Custom Shop for decades in search of their perfect instruments.
These wonderful instruments have been crafted for and with the input of the world's finest guitarists such as Clapton, Springsteen, Cray, Gilmour, Townshend, Wilko Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name just a few.