Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster - 2-color Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Custom-wound Single-coil Pickups - Two-color Sunburst
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The Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster!

Very 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:
  • Made with the finest woods available
  • Custom pickups wound to Eric's specifications
  • Vintage Tremolo and '57-style features

Made with the finest woods available
The Eric Johnson Signature Model Fender Stratocaster guitar is built from some of the finest materials available. The light 2-piece alder body is dressed in a very thin nitro cellulose lacquer finish, and the 1-piece quarter-sawn maple neck sports a 12 inch fingerboard radius, 21 highly polished frets, and a soft "V" neck profile.

Custom pickups wound to Eric's specifications
Additional features on the Eric Johnson Strat include staggered vintage style machine heads, thus eliminating the need for a string tree, custom pickups with countersink screws and wound to Eric's specifications, and highly contoured body and neck.

Vintage 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 Vintage Tremolo with five tremolo springs, silver painted block and '57 style string recess with no paint between base plate and the block.

Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Unique Features:
  • 1-Piece quartersawn soft "V" shape vintage 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 fingerboard.
  • Countersunk holes in pickguard for pickup mounting screws.
  • Height-staggered vintage-style tuners, which eliminate the need for string trees.
  • Vintage 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 hardshell case with black ends (black interior), strap, cable.
Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Features:
  • Color: 2-Color Sunburst.
  • 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 vintage style.
  • No. of Frets: 21 highly polished Medium Jumbo.
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment (8 Hole).
  • Scale Length: 25.5".
  • Pickups: 3 Special Design Custom Shop Eric Johnson Pickups w/countersink screws.
  • Controls: Master Volume, Neck Tone, Bridge Tone.
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: Vintage Tremolo with five springs.
  • Pickup Switching: 5-way switch.
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome.
  • Case: Deluxe Blonde hardshell case included with black ends (black interior).
  • Accessories: Strap, Cable.

Fender Guitars
You could easily make the case that Fender electric guitars were responsible - at least in great part - for the birth of modern rock 'n' roll. Originally designed to be easier to build, and thus more affordable, 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 fingerboard. 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 vintage Fenders can command astronomic prices, the company now has the widest range of quality instruments in the world, along with the highest profile players like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, all of whom are legendary.
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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Color 2-Color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Soft V
Fingerboard Material Maple, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Tremolo
Tuners Staggered Vintage Style
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Specially Voiced Eric Johnson Single-coil
Middle Pickup Specially Voiced Eric Johnson Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Specially Voiced Eric Johnson Single-coil
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way switch
Strings Fender Super Bullets 3250RH, (.010-.046)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0117702803

Customer Reviews

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Eric Johnson Strat

Would recommend this guitar to anyone!

One Stunning Strat

For over 20 years I've been a loyal Gibson player. My collection includes a few LP’s, SG’s, and a J-45. I've never owned a Fender guitar. Throughout the years I've had my hands on many Tele’s and Strat’s but they never sat right with me. Recently, while browsing through a local shop I came across the 2-tone sunburst EJ Strat. It looked absolutely fantastic, so I played it. Once I got my hands on it, I was dumbfounded. This guitar played and sounded like a dream. I could not believe it. The neck is unreal. Since receiving this guitar I have been playing it non-stop. It’s impossible to put down. This was my first guitar purchase through Sweetwater – the reviews were great so I had to give them a shot. I could not have been happier – flawless guitar, fast and safe shipping, and amazing customer service. I would recommend this to guitar and Sweetwater to anyone without hesitation.


In short, the best strat I've ever played... I had a 50's tele re-issue that I thought was a pretty decent guitar and when I got the EJ home, it just blew away the tele. The tele is cool, but I have a new #1 axe.. and I've been playing that tele for the last 5 years too. The breath of this guitar is just amazing... I was able to play 5 different EJ's and selected the one that most suited me. Be aware, there ARE differences between individual guitars.. I played one with hotter pickups then the others.. One that just didn't have the same amount of resonance, another that just didn't play "quite" as good to my hands... etc. The thickly painted tele almost seemed more dead and dull sounding next to the clarity and sonic-width of this guitar... I'm not an EJ fan by any means, just don't really know his music much.. but this is a quality vintage style guitar, period.
Music background: Pro Musician

Super Star Stratocaster

I first purchased the olympic white EJ Strat during the first run.. It was by accident as I had gone to a local GC store back then to try out and buy a Fender amp. The salesman asked what guitar I wanted to use to try out the amp. I told him to surprise me. Boy howdy was I surprised, instantly falling for the neck feel. The looks were killer and then I plugged the Strat in and I was won over. I walked out with the EJ Strat and forgot all about the amp (plus my pocketbook said I had to wait) Seriously, the tone, the feel, the looks of the EJ Strat are nothing short of fantastic. I later bought the black and 2 tone sunburst because I loved the guitar so much. Mine came back then with the custom shop logo on the headstock. This was prior to the Custom Shop becoming what it is today. So I feel very fortunate to have acquired two of these great guitars. I have the pleasure of also having shown up at jams and having other guitars drool over my EJ Strats and want to play them: Seriously!!! I truly believe that if you like the feel of the neck which is not slim, but surely not too thick, you'll walk away with one. That said, I more recently bought a Robert Cray Strat after talking with SW Sales Rep at Sweetwater who told me if I liked the EJ Strat's I owned that I would surely like the RC Strat. He was absolutely right. I'm a huge fan of RC like EJ and Fender has hit out of the ballpark on both of these models.

This sounds like frying bacon smells.

This guitar sounds and plays exactly how I want it to. I do believe that 90% of your tone comes from your hands but this plank will get you that last 10%. My band was playing a festival and one of the sound company guys was on stage setting the mics and after he asked me to play a bit he yelled out to the guy mixing the front of the house to see if the guitar was loud enough and the FOH guy yelled back "Yeah, and it f#*@ing sounds great!" Enough said. My only very slight complaint is that I play with my action fairly high and occasionally the high E string will pop out of the nut slot as there is no string tree to retain it.
Music background: Working part time professional musician

Sweetwater Advice

Robert Williams

This guitar is great right out of the case, nothing to improve on. With most instruments I'll change pickups or tuners or add switches to get it more in the way I think it should be. Here there's none of that needed, just strap it on and play. The body contours and neck carve make the guitar comfortable to hold with very playable with easy access to the upper frets. Staggered tuners eliminate the need for string trees or the non-vintage tone locking systems. Better tonewoods result in a more resonant, acoustically lively instrument. The bridge tone control is great for smoothing out overdrive pedals and distorted amps. Great option regardless of whether you're an EJ fan.
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars