For the Clapton 335, my understanding is that orders were taken on a specific date from Fender dealers on a first-come first-served basis.
In both cases, the customers who were successful in getting a guitar were those who paid for them in advance.
The price had dropped to around ,000 by early 2009.
The value of Number One nearly tripled within months of its release, but I don't see Lenny being met with that kind of demand.
UPDATE: I hope you didn't buy one when they first went on sale.
: JC044 was sold during the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Auction on June 24, 2004, for almost ,000.
Given the factors involved in that sale, I thought it would be unlikely anyone could get that amount in a private sale.
These guitars have serial numbers, but they are NOT serialized 1 through 100.
Each guitar John Cruz makes, regardless what kind of guitar, gets the next serial number in line. I do not see it as different from any other product - where there is a demand, someone is going to fill it.
The replicas of Clapton's Gibson 335 had an original price of ,000.
The bottom line is that ,000 is not unusual in the guitar market, particularly considering that some vintage electrics are listed at up to 0,000.
It looks great, but there are some things about 25 years of wear that no one has accurately mimicked.
This should be the closest anyone will come to copying the weight, dimensions and electronics of Number One, because no one else has had access to the real thing from which to copy the specifications.
The Tribute Strats come with a flight case stenciled "SRV - Number One," a red gig bag modeled after Stevie's, a replica of the black leather strap with white music notes, and a documentation folder containing the certificate signed by Cruz, a photo of Stevie with Number One, a copy of the El Mocambo DVD, a Fender Custom Shop DVD of the night they inspected Number One, and a tube of Rene Martinez' Graphit-all.