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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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  • '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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FenderArtist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

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5.0

One of the best strats ever......

By SuperBadAssBigSweetDaddy

from CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Hum from single coils, but can't avoid it w/ SC

Best Uses

  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I chose the EJ because of the specs, the nnitro finish, the neck profile, the fretboard radius (12") and big frets. It makes it easy to switch between this and my Les Paul. The guitar is just gorgeous, the finish is perfect, and the feel of the neck is smooth, the fret ends are finished perfectly. Wonderful classic strat tones form the pickups, and I prefer the tone control wired to the bridge as this model comes standard. Because of the qartersawn neck, it does feel a little stiffer than my LP and my '52 Tele but have a floating bridge compensates for that. This the top two strats I've ever owned, this and a '57 AVRI.Stay away if you like chugga chugga because the EJ isn't made for that. If you want great clean and low/mid gain tones, this has it in abundance

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5.0

EJ has it done right.,

By rAmSoNg

from Oakland

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    This stratocaster model never dissapoints, I have used so many times with no compliants. Sheer Awesome!!!

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    5.0

    EJ Strat a Great Guitar

    By BILL CORKHILL

    from Frisco Texas

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Awesome! Needed a set up like all out of the box guitars. I wasn't able to see/play one in a GC store and had to order one without playing it. Great decision. Pups are excellent. Neck need adjustment. Find a good tech if you get one someone that has experience with vintage strats as the adjustments are a bit more complicated the the newer modern instruments. The neck is perfect if you play Gibson Les Paul's you will really like this. Over all a great value compared to Fender Custom Shop Strats.

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    5.0

    EJ Strat exceeded my expectations!

    By ROBERT BOURGEAULT

    from Springfield, MA

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Already owning numerous Fender Strats of all denominations (American STD, American Deluxe, Eric Clapton)I was intrigued about the EJ model after hearing Eric's spiel about the guitar on you tube. I ordered the two town SB model with maple fingerboard and have been playing it for the last month. Here are my findings. Fit and finish: I would give this 4 1/2 stars. Front of the guitar and neck finish are impeccable...on the back there are imperfections in the final coat that show spray marks...shame on you Fender!. Alignment: The first string (as you will read in many reviews) is closer to the edge of the fingerboard than you may be used to. I was a bit taken aback at first, however this has NOT been a problem for me. Action: with 5 springs engaged, the action is STIFF..however unless you are a wimpy guitar player, this should not be a problem and I have quickly gotten used to the slight extra resistance when bending strings. The stiff action, with perfect set up, supports the least buzzing I've ever experienced on ANY strat. Tone: Absolutely amazing! Each pickup epitomizes bell like classic strat tones..think Buddy Holly. However, when you crank your favorite tube amp with this guitar, it will meet all of your needs for blues and classic rock. Vibrato: Honestly, this feature is unusable. With 5 springs,you can only get a slight change in pitch and I can see the stress placed on the whole bridge assembly. This guitar plays and sounds incredible and I highly recommend it!

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    5.0

    Brilliant Guitar

    By Keith Cockings

    from Atlanta, Ga

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I already own an American Standard Strat. Based on the reviews I read on the web, I decided to buy an EJ Strat as well. I picked it up at my local Guitar Center, excitedly took it home, and wasn't too thrilled for the first few days. The guitar was much tougher to play than my AS Strat and I couldn't hear a difference in tonality. The tone changed in a few days of breaking in the guitar (and my ears) to where I now absolutely love my EJ Strat. It sounds MUCH better than my American Standard Strat. It is a little tougher to play due to the wider neck, but my fingers quickly adapted and am thrilled with this guitar. It is very well rounded and simply sounds just right. I've had the guitar for a few months now and I am in love with it.

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    5.0

    You will never be the same....

    By MARTY GLANZBERG

    from Phoenix, AZ

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Features: Outstanding attention to detail, but look who's name is on it. I mean this thing came out of the case perfect, not a thing out of place. And I checked for nearly an hour with a magnifying glass because EJ would have it no other way! The nitrocellulose finish was gummed up mildly in some areas, but as you play it and as it ages the wood sucks up the finish it wears in nicely. The smell when you open the case is a rush. It smells SOO good. Having the tone knob on the bridge pu is perfect. Set your amp and neck to as trebly as you like it, then when you switch to bridge use tone to roll off, just like EJ and it works like a dream. It stays in tune almost as well as a locking system if not equal. Quality and reliability: As close to as a custom shop as one can get in production based model, just like everyone else says. I have played and owned some amazing music-men (axis and LUKE) and their quality is excellent, this is about the same or just a tad lower. Look and Feel: Amazing. The nitrocellulose "thin-skin" is the only way to go. Extremely, extremely light alder body that sings for days. The 12" radius is cool, I really wanted this exact guitar in 9.5" radius, but the 12" you get used to really quickly, just a little harder to chord on around the nut. Soft V is what I like, so perfect. This guitar will fade, it is thin skin... but with good care it will take many years. I personally want it to "relic" to give it a personal touch, so i don't polish and clean it every time i play. Overall, look no further for a strat, unless, UNLESS: you want something very similar in the '57 vintage american. the main difference is color choices, 7" radius neck which may lead to fretting out, and no tone on bridge pickup. (other EJ things are left out obviously, like no string tree, back plate off, etc.

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    4.0

    Nice Strat but Noisy

    By Steve

    from Arizona

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I bought a used 2006 EJ recently. I have been playing rosewood Strats since 1970 and in addition to the '70, I own an original '92 SRV, and a Knopfler Artist model. When I decided to get a maple neck Strat I went with the EJ because of the reviews I read about the neck, and I really liked the tone control configuration for the bridge pick up. After a professional action set up by a local guitar tech, this is one of the best playing Strats I have ever put my hands on. My one issue with the guitar is that it is very noisy. I had my tech put in copper shielding in the body cavity. This helped, but she still has some pickup hum and static noise off the pickguard. The axe has one of the sweetest clean tones out there and is a 'keeper"

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    5.0

    Awesome even for non-trained ears

    By Jaemin Kang

    from Cumming, GA

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Well it has been 2 years since I played guitar. I still havnt got the "trained ear", which made me not be able to compare the sound between strat and a les paul. But this one, actually i could hear the difference even with my American Strat. Every time I just play G chord, I feel like a professional. Everyone should try this guitar at some point of life if you know what guitar is.

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    5.0

    After lots of research!

    By Jay

    from CA

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    If you are wondering which guitar you should get, this is the one. I played on hundreds of different guitars in order to find a guitar that would give me the versatility to play jazz, rock, bluegrass, and even classical. I needed to be able to have a lot of control of my tone. I also wanted really clean pickups so I could make recording that much easier. This guitar does all that and more. FYI - right out of the box, it was a little weird. It took about a week before it adjusted to the climate, so no need to fear if you get it and some of the intonation is a little off. It comes perfectly set up from Fender. Thanks!!! I am very pleased.

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    5.0

    The EJ Strat - A rock beast!!

    By Samuel Mullon

    from Miami, Florida

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing guitar for 40 years and own more than 50 guitars!! I just wish I had this ROCK BEAST before... One of the best for performing and the sound is like a dream

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