Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster - Tropical Turquoise with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 3 Custom-wound Single-coil Pickups - Tropical Turquoise
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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 the 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 a 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, and a vintage tremolo with a silver painted block.

Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Features:
  • Tropical turquoise 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
  • 3-ply parchment pickguard
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 3 special-design Custom Shop Eric Johnson single-coil pickups
  • Vintage tremolo with '57-style string recess
  • 5-way pickup switch
  • Nickel/chrome hardware
  • Deluxe blonde hardshell case included with brown ends and 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, 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.
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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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 Tropical Turquoise
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Soft V
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay White 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 250R, (.010-.046)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0117700897

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When I opened the case, I experienced something that has never happened to me before. I was transported through a long-forgotten memory to middle school, to the moment I first laid eyes on a high end, brand new Strat. I have owned a few great guitars. But I opened this guitar and I was a kid again, just in awe of this thing from the moment I laid eyes on it. A brand new Strat is a magical thing and buying new from Sweetwater was the best choice I could have made. A few less poetic points: Buying was simple, guitar was out of stock when I bought it but my rep communicated with me well and it came back in stock within a couple of business days. It came not just set up properly but in tune too! Thankful that Sweetwater inspected it before sending to insure that everything was working perfectly right out of the box for me. And the finish is just exactly like the photos I was sent ahead of time. The guitar itself is light, feels great in my hands, sustains for DAYS, the pickups are even and full-sounding and ring out really sweetly, and the fretwork is immaculate. I had a budget of $4,000 to find my dream Strat and I spent three months searching. For me, the Eric Johnson Strat beat out a ton of quality guitars from custom shops all over the US. It was just my lucky day that it happened to come in well within my budget.
Music background: Former touring pro; studio owner

Eric Johnson Fender Strat Rosewood with Binding

I am one of those lucky guys that has owned many very nice guitars over the years. The kind of guitars that other guitarists go "wow, that's really, really nice." The reason that I mention this is because right out of the box this guitar is one of those. The feel is special. The tonal range is very broad, very dynamic. This has become my #1 strat. It stays in tune. It has clever pole heights that really allow you to sonically explore. You certainly don't have to be a fan of Eric Johnson's songs, tone, or style to purchase this guitar - however - if you are a fan - this guitar nails it. What a great collaboration.
Music background: Hobbyist at a minimum :)

The Chimes Of Freedom Flashing!

Well this is my second Eric Johnson Stratocaster! My other one is a White Maple Neck. Both are outstanding, but I have more to say about this EJ Stratocaster. I have always been a "Les Paul guy." Strats were pocket fisherman toys to me, as I never in 20 years played a new one that I liked, nor did they give off any Vintage vibe or tones, I had an bad experience with Bernie Hefner the guitar builder. He made me a custom Silver Sparkle Strat that was all wrong and looked bad in the end result. Then around 2006 I had Tommy at USAG build me a truly beautiful Strat with a Rosewood neck and I was very happy with that guitar. Then in early 2013 after much research and discussion board sessions, I decided to take my chances on a Maple neck EJ. I have played allot of Strats in stores in my life, but never had this feeling from a brand new out of the box guitar. It was PERFECT! I could feel the warm vibrations as I strummed the guitar for the first time, just RING OUT like a bell and it has such a nice light weight to it that it was immediately inviting! I was so happy with the Maple EJ Stratocaster, that I just had to have a go with the Rosewood edition. What a Beauty she is, with the binding on the neck and the wonderful C shaped neck (a little slimmer perhaps than the Maple) , I am in Stratocaster Heaven! I operate my own 24 track studio and I can tell you that I mod things quite a bit. Strats are always stepping grounds for personal improvements. However, I feel that both my Eric Johnson Stratocasters are practically perfect as they are! No Pickup changes are needed, as these PUs are just perfect for this guitar and feel and sound just as a classic strat should! The only changes being made are the Springs and Bridge Saddles. I am replacing them with "Raw Vintage" brand (check them out!)So now I am a STRATOCASTER GUY as well as a Les Paul guy, in fact, I would say these Eric Johnson Strats are of equal high end quality to the best Les Pauls made today and that takes allot to have me say anything nice about a guitar that I once thought of as a Pocket Fisherman! LOL!!
Music background: Composer/Artist/Multi Instrumentalist/Recording Engineer/Singer/etc

Eric Johnson RW Strat

Out of the case, this guitar is very well made! The tone of this guitar isbeyond good. after setting the action to my preferred height, and replacing the 5 stock springs with Raw Vintage springs, it opened up with more tone than any Stratocaster I have owned. The pick ups on this guitar are very strong, and set up with the right pedals and ampbloom with Stratocaster goodness! I would highly recommend this guitar. The finish is very beautiful and the staggered string tuners are spot on! even if your not a big fan of Eric Johnson, this guitar will make any type of music sound really good. I own 6 custom shop Stratocasters, and have played many vintage Strats, this one blows them all away! Run don't walk, and get one of these guitars.
Music background: musican

One amazing tone machine..

This thing is amazing. I was blown away by the tones coming out of this beast. The craftmanship is top notch as well. I have a custom shop 55 soft shoulder Gibson Les Paul that cost about three times as much and this Strat is right on par with it. My first choice was a Fender deluxe, but after comparing it with the Eric Johnson model, the deluxe sounded so lifeless and dull. I made the right choice. My first one that I ordered arrived with a few scratches, but Sweetwater took care of me right away. I notified them and within the same day a new one was on the way. The second model was even better than the first one I ordered. Thank you Sweetwater and thank you Eric for creating a tonal monster that truly is an affordable custom shop model......
Music background: Hobbyist
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