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!!