Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster - Black with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Custom-wound Single-coil Pickups - Black
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The Eric Johnson Strat!

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: Black.
  • 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 Black
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-.052)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0117702806

Customer Reviews

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5/5

A different approach

I've got a 58 les Paul and this guitar somehow is more similar to that than other strats. First off, the tremolo is pretty much not there. It's really stiff, and honestly not really a concern. This baby has tone. I love the neck and middle pickups so nice and loud too, almost les Paul loud. Get one you won't regret it absolutely worth the money
5/5

Still my favorite guitar

I bought my white blonde 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.
5/5

The best

I picked this one up about a year ago because almost every guitar I have (Les Paul, PRS etc) is mahogany body/rosewood neck with two humbuckers and I wanted that "strat" sound for my Hendrix covers. This is now my favorite guitar. Even with my tiny, girly hands I get step and a half bends no problem, in part due to the radius, in part to the short, fat frets. The neck shape seems to reduce the fatigue I feel with thinner, wizard style necks. This thing never goes out of tune (I kept the springs spec). And the pickups catch every little nuance (I'm using a vox ac30 amp). The only complaint I have is that the factory finish is really delicate - the inspection card Sweetwater included was enough to leave scratches - and the neck finish is heavier than I wanted (true of 99% of guitars for me). So I refinished the whole thing (guitar reranch and stewmac have everything) and now I can't keep my hands off it. Even unplugged I can feel the resonance in my hands and hear the detail. If you want a guitar that picks up every tiny vibration of what you're doing, this is the one. Highly recommended.
5/5

Finest Strat Made

I purchased my first Eric Johnson Strat about 6 years ago while initially looking for a new tube amp. I had walked into a local guitar store to try some amps out. The sales rep asked me what type of guitars I played. I said mainly Fender's. He brings me a white blonde EJ Strat and it was instant love, so much so that I chose the EJ Strat over getting the tube amp. Eric Johnson and Fender put together one of the best playing guitars I've ever owned, and I have 18 guitars. The tone is exceptional, the neck a dream to play, the fret board radius simple put; perfect and the balance of the guitar is superb, so much so that I just bought my second EJ in black. I will no doubt one day purchase the two color sunburst. It comes with a beautiful HSC as well. I own other artist strats and with the exception of the Robert Cray, could part with the others and be happy to just own the Eric Johnson Strat. I encourage anyone looking for a Fender Stratocaster to try one of these exceptionally fine guitars out first.
Music background: Hobbyist, Church guitarist, blues and 60-70's rock, R&B, Jazz player
5/5

CUSTOM SHOP QUALITY ON A PRODUCTION MODEL

There is little new that can be said here about this instrument. It is--along with the rosewood fingerboard model--one of the best strats Fender has to offer. I've always looked for that one guitar that does it all--rock, blues, jazz, funk, pop, metal--and recently gave up, resigning myself to having a collection of instruments. But the EJ strat is the warmest, most dynamic guitar I've come across in a long time. This is now my "everything" instrument, and I love everything about it. I would not change a thing about this model. Sweetwaters setup and customer service is fantastic as well. Ask for Drew Foster as your sales engineer.
Music background: HOBBYIST AND TEACHER
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars