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Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster - Tropical Turquoise with Rosewood Fingerboard Reviews

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  • from Knoxville, TN March 10, 2017Music Background:
    Former touring pro; studio owner


    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.

  • from San Francisco March 6, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist at a minimum :)

    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.

  • from New York December 9, 2013Music Background:
    Composer/Artist/Multi Instrumentalist/Recording Engineer/Singer/etc

    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!!

  • from Aurora,Co May 28, 2013Music Background:

    Eric Johnson RW Strat

    Out of the case, this guitar is very well made! The tone of this guitar is
    beyond 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 amp
    bloom 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.

  • from Horseheads, NY USA September 10, 2012Music Background:

    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......

  • from St Joseph, Mo. usa August 18, 2011Music Background:

    Eric Johnson Strat

    This is the third Fender Strat I have purchased. The previous were SVR and the Clapton Strat. The tone in the Eric Johnson exceeds both. If your looking for to buy the American standard think about spending a little moe for the Eric Johnson . Money well spent !

  • from N.O. LA. USA December 23, 2010Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    PRS Quailty Fender EJ strat

    Finally a Fender Quality strat at a Prs rating.I own 7 PRS'S and nothing short of picking one out anywhere and are playable gig wise immediate.
    The Ej strat met those,the quailty,tone ,playablity out of the box was up to standard with a PRS. for a production style guitar.It's been quite some time I played a good new strat.Fender and EJ put some time in this guitar.
    The only remark is that the tremolo is set up tight.Don't expect to do any big dives and pull ups on the bar.Mine was set,like it was concreted to the body and wouldn't move.Perhaps the EJ set up,5 springs,10'sand bridge flushed to body,it does he job in keeping it in tune.Other than that,I extremly happy with the guitar and Sweetwater's service.I'll be doing more with Sweetwater in the future.
    Thanks Sweetwater

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