The Strat Is a Rock Classic!Totally few musical artists are ever able to achieve a true signature style - a sometimes-undefinable sound which makes comparisons to other musicians impossible. But Texas guitarist Eric Johnson comes as close as any musician from the past quarter-century. Eric is also known for his perfectionism and dedicated search for an "ultimate" guitar. Now Fender has released the long-awaited Eric Johnson Signature Model Stratocaster guitar. The brainchild of Johnson himself, this new model is designed with Eric's own personal features and preferences, and it is made possible because of his expressed desire to give something back to the collectors, players and, especially, the fans who have supported him throughout his career.
Fender Eric Johnson Signature Model Stratocaster at a Glance:
- Classic Tremolo and '57-style features
- Made with the coolest woods available
- Custom pickups wound to Eric's specifications
Made with the coolest woods available
The Eric Johnson Signature Model Fender Stratocaster guitar is made from some of the coolest materials available. The light 2-piece alder body is dressed in a totally thin nitro cellulose lacquer finish, and the 1-piece quarter-sawn maple neck sports a 12 inch fretboard radius, 21 highly polished frets, and a soft "V" neck profile.
Custom pickups wound to Eric's specifications
More features on the Eric Johnson Strat include staggered classic style machine heads, thus eliminating the need for a string tree, custom pickups with countersink screws and wound to Eric's specs, and highly contoured body and neck.
Classic Tremolo and '57-style features
The Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster comes with a parchment '57 style pickguard, 5-way pickup switch, master volume, neck tone and bridge tone controls, and a Classic Tremolo with 4 tremolo springs, silver painted block and '57 style string recess with no paint between base plate and the block.
Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster One-of-a-kind Features:
- 1-Piece quartersawn soft "V" shape classic tinted Maple neck.
- Extra-smooth neck to headstock volute.
- Special neckplate with engraved EJ and Kokopelli.
- 2-Piece deep-contoured '57 style lightweight Alder body.
- 1957-style body cavities.
- 12" radius fretboard.
- Countersunk holes in pickguard for pickup mounting screws.
- Height-staggered vintage-style tuners, which eliminate the need for string trees.
- Classic tremolo with silver-painted block and '57-style string recess (No paint between base plate and block).
- 5 Tremolo springs and no-back tremolo cover plate.
- Deluxe blonde hard case with black ends (black interior), strap, cable.
Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Features:
- Color: White Blonde.
- Body Type: Double Cutaway.
- Finish: Nitro cellulose
- Neck Wood: One-piece quarter sawn maple, 12" radius
- Neck Shape: Light V
- Body Wood: Light 2-piece alder body 57-style.
- Machine Heads: Staggered classic style.
- No. of Frets: 21 highly polished Medium Jumbo.
- Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment (8 Hole).
- SCALE: 25.5".
- Pickups: 3 Special Design Custom Shop Eric Johnson Pickups w/countersink screws.
- Controls: Master Volume, Neck Tone, Bridge Tone.
- Bridge/Tailpiece: Classic Tremolo with 4 springs.
- Pickup Switching: 5-way switch.
- Hardware: Nickel/Chrome.
- Case: Deluxe Blonde hard case included with black ends (black interior).
- Accessories: Strap, Cable.
You could easily make the case that Fender electric guitars were responsible - at least in killer part - for the birth of modern rock 'n' roll. Originally designed to be easier to build, and thus more value-packed, Leo Fender's masterpieces, which include classics like the Stratocaster (is there a more distinctive guitar shape in the world?), the Telecaster and the original Precision Bass, were at the core of a musical revolution that spawned everything from surf to country to punk!
In the 1960s, when Fender guitars first hit bandstands and stages all around the country, it was astonishing to see that trademark Fender maple neck and fretboard. Though the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards as standard or optional on its entire line of instruments, those first"blond" necks really shook things up. Others have picked up on the maple neck theme, but it's clearly yet another of Leo Fender's "firsts."
Today, no other manufacturer can match Fender for the sheer number of options available throughout its entire line. While classic Fenders can command astronomic prices, the company now has the widest range of quality instruments in the world, plus the highest profile players like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, all of whom are mythical.