Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster - Lucerne Aqua Firemist with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 3 Custom-wound Single-coil Pickups - Lucerne Aqua Firemist
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Play Eric Johnson's Tone Machine of Choice

The Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW solidbody electric guitar brings you an instrument fit for a guitar tone master! Eric is also known for his perfectionism and dedicated search for an ultimate guitar. The brainchild of Johnson himself, the Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW 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. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer today and start making your own tonal magic with the fantastic Eric Johnson RW!

Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW 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 Stratocaster RW guitar is built from some of the finest materials available. The light 2-piece alder body is dressed in a very thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish; the quartersawn maple neck is paired with a rosewood fingerboard with a 12" radius and 21 highly polished frets.

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 Stratocaster RW comes with a parchment '57-style pickguard, a 5-way pickup switch, master volume, neck tone and bridge tone controls, a vintage tremolo with a silver painted block, and a '57-style string recess with no paint between base plate and the block.

Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Features:
  • Lucerne aqua firemist color
  • 2-piece, deep-contoured, '57-style alder body
  • Nitrocellulose finish
  • Quartersawn maple neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with 12" radius
  • Staggered vintage style machine heads
  • 21 highly polished medium-jumbo frets
  • 3-ply parchment pickguard
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 3 special-design Custom Shop Eric Johnson single-coil pickups
  • Master volume, neck tone, and bridge tone controls
  • Vintage tremolo with '57-style string recess
  • 5-way switch for pickup switching
  • Nickel/chrome hardware
  • Deluxe blonde hardshell case included with brown ends (gold interior)
  • Strap, cable, and bridge cover included

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 blonde 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 astronomical prices, the company now has the widest range of quality instruments in the world. Fender instruments have been played and prized by some of the highest-profile players in music, including such luminaries as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, and Stevie Ray Vaughan - just to name a few.
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The hype is real. Best Strat I've ever played

I didn't know what I was missing until I tried an EJ RW strat. It simply blows away pretty much any guitar I've ever played. Plugged into a Roland Blues Cube hot with a booster and a Fuzz Face with the bridge pickup tone rolled back to about 4, you get a singing violin tone that is just amazing. I never like strat bridge pickups before. I always pretty much stuck to the neck or sometimes the middle (ala Jimmy Vaughan). But I love the EJ bridge pickup. Someone said this guitar practically plays itself. And it really does. It's brought out dimensions of my playing that I didn't know were there. Without a doubt, this guitar is worth every penny. And Sweetwater service is second to none. I'm seriously thinking about selling every other guitar I own (and that's quite a few).
Music background: I've been playing blues and rock for 30 years

Great Stratocaster

Of the seven Strat’s I own, this Lucerne Aqua Firemist EJ Strat is by far my favorite. The tone and fullness from these EJ pickups is spectacular! The fretboard is flatter than a regular Strat' so it feels a bit faster and easier to play, especially if you set it up with {near} zero relief. The rosewood fretboard is not gritty, pitted rosewood -- rather very smooth. The bound fret board looks really classy…something Fender did for only a brief time (I think) in the mid ‘60s. These RW EJ Strats don’t seem to have that sticky nitro feel that the maple fretboard EJ Strats are known for. The bridge comes 'decked' with 5 tremolo springs -- leave it decked, do not float the bridge... I’ve owned four EJ Strat's and they stay in tune much better that way. However, remove two of the five tremolo springs if you want to use the tremolo bar. IMNever2BHO, these EJ Strat’s are the very finest production Stratocasters Fender makes! If you’re even thinking about purchasing one of these, just do it! You’ll thank me later! :)

Holy Grail of Strats!!

Best sounding and playing Strat I've ever played or owned, I'll point out a few of my favorite features, nitro finish in Lucerne Aqua firemist looks amazing, I love the 65 style bound neck! This guitar looks like something from the 60s era, but has all the modern features needed for modern day playing including the 12" radius neck and bone nut. The vintage tint quarter sawn neck with Fender "spaghetti" style logo is superb! The frets are rolled and polished just right, the extra contouring and polishing near the headstock not only looks appealing but makes playing chords near this area easier to play. The bent steel saddles give you that extra vintage "chime" when needed. I was a bit nervous spending this much money on a guitar that essentially I only could view online and not play until unboxed after shipping; however I'm a firm believer in Sweetwater's 55 point inspection process as the guitar was perfect right out of the box without any set up needed. If your looking to purchase a guitar I highly recommend contacting Dan Overstreet at Sweetwater guitar for your next purchase, I'm glad I did!
Music background: Hobbyist

I Like What Eric Hears

Been playing since 1969, and have and have had some nice guitars.This is as nice as any though not as fancy regarding inlays and no gold hardware. It is a solid pro guitar. I really like the incremental balance of these pickups. From the 50s neck, to the 60s middle, to the custom overwound, entirely his own bridge, Eric chose wisely. He also chose well placing the second tone control controlling the bridge and leaving the middle without a tone knob. The bridge pickup is ultra usable. I do suggest that you lower the middle pickup to flush with the pickguard, a la Eric. I read that he prefers his that way to avoid hitting it with his pick. The middle remains as loud as the neck or bridge if you roll off any tone on these and in fact acts as a sort of secondary bridge with a country accent. The quack is still there in the 2 and 4 positions. The bound neck with 12"radius feels virtually the same as my 335 style making the shift between Fender and Gibson effortless. Folks who already like the curvier traditional Fender necks should definitely play one of these first to be sure it will suit you. Gibson lovers rejoice... Finish and fretwork are impeccable. Small features like not needing string trees are extra bonuses that I like a lot. The manual mentions a real bone nut. I expected synthetic and was pleased to find I received the real thing. The missing back coverfor the tremelo has not made me uncomfortable in any way...a relief since I never played a guitar like this.If you have ever thought about getting a stratocaster, this is a winner for a serious pro. By the way, the only way to tell this is an Artist Series guitar is by the EJ kokopelli insignia on the back. As understated as you can get.

Fantastic Strat!!!

I own an EJ strat in white blonde with a maple neck and I love it. I recently played an EJ with a rosewood neck and was blown away as well. The rosewood counterpart does sound hotter and more modern than the maple EJ strat, but it is fantastic. Whether you go with the maple or rosewood you will be happy. Personally I prefer the rosewood for the hotter bridge pickup but either one is a knockout strat.
Music background: Hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Robert Williams

The refinements on this instrument keep it soundly as my favorite production Stratocaster. Rosewood is tonally more scooped than maple and has a feel that isn't as slick as Maple. Great for digging into bends and allows for different subtleties in vibrato. The bound fingerboard adds a nice visual touch and the Aqua Firemist color is visually really striking.
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars