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 new Fender did not acquire any physical assets of the old company, just the name "Fender".
In May 2013 it was reported that Guitar Sofa in Hong Kong sold one for ,500 USD.I believe the first Tribute Strat is JC044 and the last JC229. Stevie's guitar is one of the most easily identifiable, famous guitars in history, and folks other than Fender have made dozens of replicas of Number One at prices from several hundred to five thousand dollars.He mentioned to me that Jimmie was getting three of the guitars. Replicas of Stevie's Hamiltone have sold for up to 00, I'm told.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.In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes.When I toured the Fender factory in California in 2001, there was discussion about a possible limited edition Custom Shop replica of Number One.At that time, it was suggested that there might be as few as four replicas made.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.