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Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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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 bas... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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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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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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FenderArtist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 34 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)

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(27 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Strat Envey

By DrDave

from Kalamazoo, Michigan

Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar used at a time when I really wasn't looking to buy another electric guitar. I played it in the store and was amazed but left because I'm not an impulse buyer. I came back three times and it was still there calling to me. This is the best guitar I've owned by far. It has the vintage vibe with modern quality. Unplugged, it is loud and beautiful in tone. The workmanship is perfect, with a beautiful finish (two-tone sunburst)and sexy neck. Plugged into anything it sings, notes fly of the fretboard. I took it to a jam with a few friends and I couldn't get it out of their hands. Jokes were made about thanking me for leaving them my guitar...at least I hoped they were joking. I've owned 30 or so guitars in my life and this is the 5th strat I've had. I will never sell or trade this one, it is a lifetime keeper. It has Custom Shop quality at half the price, I love this guitar.

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE Super Strat

By Dr. Gonzo the Pure...Sort Of...

from Austin, MN

Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have owned many Strats in my life, from mid-70's Hardtails to American Deluxe and an American Vintage 1962 RI. Quite simply put, the Eric Johnson Signature Strat is the best Strat Fender has put out in a very long time. According to the tale, Fender and Eric spent a lot of time getting this one right, and it was worth every second! The magic is in the details. The first thing any guitarist wants is playability. The EJ is possibly the best playing guitar OF ANY BRAND I have ever played. The neck shape is supremely comfortable. There's enough wood there to get a good grip on, but not so much that it feels clubby at all. The fretboard edges are nicely rounded and produce that sweet, broken-in feel that normally takes years of wear to achieve. The frets are highly polished, smooth as silk, and big enough to make string bending a pleasure. Out of the box the action on my EJ was perfect, exceptionally low for a Strat, yet not rattly. A testament to Fenders setup was my tech touching NOTHING on the guitar except pickup height, and that was the slightest tweak. Nice job guys! Sound is always important, and if you are a single coil fan like me you will find your Eden in the EJ. These specially voiced pickups give the sweetest tones I've heard in any Strat. In fact, I'd say the give all of the best Strat sounds ever produced! From the slightly heated up bridge to the wonderfully woody neck there is not a bad sound to be found. And being able to control the tone of the bridge pickup is the icing on the cake, a mod I've done on all my other Strats, but works even better with this pickup. Finally, we all love STYLE. The EJ simply oozes sexy, vintage style. The special thin-skin nitro finish on the EJ is beyond cool, and the tint of the neck just drips with sweet vintage vibe. Mine is constantly mistaken for a 'real' vintage Strat by people who really know their stuff. I have also been asked if it is a Custom Shop Closet Classic. Simple, cool style. It's by no means a 'bargain' guitar, but the Eric Johnson Signature Strat is worth every penny. This is one guitar that you may vow never to trade or sell, and really mean it!

(19 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Could be the best strat, if...

By Fengib

from Strasbourg in France

Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I've bought my Eric Johnson signature strat in Germany (less expensive than in France). Very light body, a good sustain and perhaps the best strat sound for ? non customshop guitar, but all is not perfect. First, the hum remains very loud and also a little static noise can be heard eachtime I touch the strings whith my fingers. I don't have all this noise with my other 50th anniversary american serie strat. Second, the 12 degrees radius neck is very flat (like a Gibson neck), but the vintage pickups have very high polepeaces under the D and G strings. This make their output volume not even with the B and high E strings. They sound a lot weaker than the G string, which is by far the loudest on the guitar. You can hear it especialy when you play clean. I don't understand why Fender has not made a little more attention on these details.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The one and only Thanks Eric and fender

By James

from Dearborn Hts. mi.

Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

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!!!

(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

JAMMER LOVE"S IT

By jammintex

from Michigan

Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I've been playing for 35 years. I have owed over 60 guitars. With my Eric Johnson I have 3 stares right now. This is a special axe. There is about 4 of my past guitar's I wish I still had. This is one I want let go of. Plays and sounds like a dream. Out of the 9 guitars I have now I play E.J. the most. If you like strat's you'll love this one.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Ej is the best Strat I ever played

By Mike

from CA

Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

The Ej start is Definitely the best sounding and well built stratacaster I ever pleyed. There are some many strats right now that you can buy, but they built a good one this time. I play it not becaues it's the brain child of Fender and Ej; they just made a really good one this time.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SWEET!!!

By Kaptain Kaos

from Northern Virginia

Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This is the absolute best electric guitar I have ever played. It took very little time to get used to the jumbo frets. Fender did it right.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

strats rule, however this strat rules em all

By perry d.c.

from hampton ,va

Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

having played strats and strat clones for many years i've finally found the 'holy grail' of these wonderfully expressive guitars. the 'ej' is by far the finest strat fenders manufactured to date. the tuners are reminescent of tuners on an old tele i owned many years ago and the volute in head stock facilitates great behind the nut bends the pickups in combination with the the thin single ply scratch plate just makes it sound so shimmery,glassy even, which is what has always made a strat so appealing to me. this is my fifth strat over a period of fifteen years, and even though i still own my highway one (though modified with a better trem block), the ej is my go to, slammin axe, one minor aggravation that i probably could eliminate if i played with less force would be the fact that the high e tends to jump the nut, but i just thread it back in and keep on wailin , i love with a capital l, this guitar...

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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