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Based on a '57 Strat with a maple fretboard.

After years of painstaking research and design, the Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar has finally arrived. Designed with Eric by Custom Shop guru Michael Frank-Braun, this beauty is based on a '57, and combines the best of vintage design with modern electronics technology.
The '57-style, 2-piece alder body has an ultrathin, Custom Shop-quality nitrocellulose lacquer finish that results in better resonance. Johnson opted for a one-piece, quartersawn maple neck with a 12" radius that's finished with a thin-skinned glossy lacquer and vintage tint. 19 prototype pickups were created before Johnson found the tone he was looking for. The Custom Shop-modified single coils use a new wire material and winding technique for the magnets giving them a unique, Eric Johnson-approved sound. Johnson and Braun also included one of Eric's most famous Strat modifications by wiring the tone controls to the neck and bridge pickups, instead of the standard neck/middle tone configuration of most Strats.

This guitar offers tonal perfection thanks to the discerning ear of one of the best players to ever pick up an axe. And it's pleasing to the eye as well, with its large arm contour, '57-style pickguard and shallow pickup cavities, plus thin headstock with vintage staggered tuners that eliminate the need for a string tree. Unbelievable Custom Shop-like quality in a production axe. Includes case.

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Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar Features:

  • '57-style, 2-piece alder body
    Body cavities true to '57 specs
    One-piece, quartersawn plain maple neck
    Thinner, vintage-style headstock
    12" radius American Series-style frets
    Staggered vintage machine heads eliminate string tree
    Thin neck cap
    Bone nut
    Custom Shop-modified single-coil pickups
    Master volume, neck tone, and bridge tone controls
    Vintage tremolo with silver painted block
    '57-style string recess
    Thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    Includes case




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  • The one and only Thanks Eric and fender

    As reviewed by James on 1/4/2008

    I have been playing for 35 years and have had all kinds of guitars. my first was a hollow bodied kingston when i was 12. I have a BluesHawk 1998 right now. For 2 years I played them all and the one I walked out with was the eric johnson (white) strat. WOW!!! you have to go and play this AXe. Bell tones that go on forever. The neck and frets are so smooth and buttery that it made me play faster and cleaner. the alder body is very lite and easy to play standing for 2/3 hours. the pickups chime in all positions. this is one great great Guitar. if you are looking for a strat and have the money for a artist this is THE ONE!!!

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  • One of the best guitars I've ever played...

    As reviewed by Mike_L on 10/30/2006

    The Eric Johnson Stratocaster is simply an amazing guitar. The unsurpassed attention to quality and detail at the Fender Custom Shop is inspiring. The finish just screams closet classic. The lack of a backplate, just a great touch. Oh yeah, and it sounds absolutely amazing, of course. Plugged into virtually any amp, this guitar sustains for all of eternity!

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  • Wicked Awesome!!!

    As reviewed by M. Alton Plummer on 2/9/2011

    I just picked up my new EJ this afternoon. Down side: It took 68 days to get it from Fender. However, it was worth the wait. The finish (Candy Apple Red) is excellent and the neck is stunning! The sound is incredible too. It is by far the best sounding, best playing guitar I've ever owned, and I've owned plenty -- Fenders, Gibson, Ibanez -- you name it. There are only a couple of things that I find irritating considering the cost of this beast. The fit and finish of the screws holding the faceplate and pickups could be better; countersinking is random and where it was done with the pickup adjusts a couple don't seat right. This is only noticeable up close and personal. Second, the truss rod was adjusted too tight at the factory. Set up was okay, but buzzy at the 5th through 9th positions. I was restringing anyway to get rid of the crappy Fender strings that felt sticky and cheap so I backed off the tension a hair and BINGO! With a new set of DR 10's the action is very low, fast and quiet. Fender could've, should've done a better job with the fine points of assembly and setup, especially for the price, but for the playability and sound it was still worth the money and worthy of five stars.

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