I played one of each last year in a shop and loved them both. They sounded quite different. Partly, this is due to the active electronics in the Clapton and also the different pickups. I really liked the mid-boost on the Clapton. Their necks were my two favorite of about 10 or more Strats I tried that day, even though one is C-to-D and the other a soft V. I didn't like the little frets on the Clapton. I'd buy one of those Elites in a second. Fantastic, sensible, modern updates to a classic guitar. You can always retrofit pickups and electronics. Get which one you like the best and do that, if needed.