Clapton's most iconic guitar is his black 1950s Fender Stratocaster, a.k.a. "Blackie." Blackie was Clapton's main guitar for the longest period of any of his instruments; he played it onstage continuously from 1973 to 1985. Blackie appears on a number of album covers, including Slowhand, Backless, Just One Night and Time Pieces.
"Something is just magical about that guitar. Maybe it's all the tender loving care I've given it over the years. That's probably why I like buying second-hand guitars and old vintage guitars. This may sound superstitious, but you never know who owned a guitar before. That person may have been a master and he may have put something in there. The way the guitar was played and handled seems to stay with the guitar, and you inherit that if you're lucky or aware enough to acknowledge it."