Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster - White Blonde with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Custom-wound Single-coil Pickups - White Blonde
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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 25 years. 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 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 nitrocellulose lacquer finish, and the 1-piece quartersawn maple neck sports a 12" fingerboard radius, 21 highly polished frets, and a soft V-shaped 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 that are wound to Eric's specifications, and a highly contoured body and neck.

Vintage tremolo and '57-style features
The Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster 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 five tremolo springs.

Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Features:
  • 1-piece quartersawn soft V-shaped maple neck with vintage tint
  • 2-piece deep-contoured '57-style lightweight alder body
  • 12" radius fingerboard
  • Height-staggered vintage-style tuners eliminate the need for string trees
  • Vintage tremolo with silver-painted block and '57-style string recess
  • 5 tremolo springs and no-back tremolo cover plate
  • Deluxe blonde hardshell case included with black ends, strap, and cable
  • White blonde color with nitrocellulose finish
  • 21 highly polished medium-jumbo frets
  • 1-ply parchment pickguard
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 3 Special Design Custom Shop Eric Johnson pickups
  • Master volume, neck tone, and bridge tone controls
  • Nickel/chrome hardware
  • Deluxe blonde hardshell case with black ends

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, 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 astronomic prices, the company now has the widest range of quality instruments in the world, along with high-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 White Blonde
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 0117702801

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I grew up on Strats. My first guitar I bought on my own was a 1975 Blonde. After it was stolen in the mid-80s, I got a 1987 American Standard. After that, it was a 50th Anniversary model in 2004. A few years ago, I finally got into Les Pauls. Got a couple of great ones, and kind of neglected Strats. On a whim, I decided to start up with Strats again. I was wanting one with a lacquer finish. I got the EJ, and it is now my fave guitar. It's not just a great Strat. It is a great guitar. Period. Quality is up there with my Gibson R8s. The EJ pickups are stellar. Just be aware that it has a rather thick neck. I like 'em, but it gives a Strat a tight feel. Very exacting for the player. I'm actually thinking of getting the rosewood version. It's that good. Good enough to have two. Very musical instrument, to be sure.

Amazing Strat!

This Strat is pretty close to perfect. I get all the tones I want out of a Strat with this one. It has the fourth position from heaven: warmth and clarity - man, she sings. The white finish is gorgeous. It's a bright white, rather than the antique white available on the standard American Strat. It's thin enough that you can still see the wood grain peek through - I think that's why is called white blond. The only issue I had with the Strat is the finish used on the back on the neck. It's shinny and can get pretty sticky. After about 2 months of playing with the sticky neck I got tired of it. So I went out to my garage, grabbed some 300 grit sandpaper and took the shinny finish off with a light touch. Now this guitar has it all.

Still my favorite

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 brown burst 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; Brent Leuthold 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.
Music background: Church worship, blues, 60-70

R J Strat

This guitar is s tone machine and the sevice from Josh is unmatched. I have never experienced the high level of customer service with any online store.

Great Version of the Stratocaster

Looking for a great Strat? I've owned 3 EJ's, and still have the last one. Like all guitars, they each have there own great sound, but still in the same "ballpark". I was looking for a Fender with a PRSish W/F neck carve. Not too big, or super thin. Very comfy for my average hands. All EJ's seem to have some slight variations in the carve (like PRS), but slight V to full C is a great blend of 2 Fender classic shapes. The guitar's all stay in tune with slight to medium Trem use, and thats real cool. Big 2 step bends seem to return to proper pitch as well. The PUP's work great for my Blues/Rock/Hard Rock band... The bridge pickup is the best "Fender" bridge sound I've played. No need for Fralins, or some of the other makes.. Plenty of Quack as well, but not as much as some of the other RI's I've owned. The neck tone is nice as well. Very good match with the bridge pup. Nitro can be a pain to keep nice if you like super clean guitars. I like that the guitar "ages" the more I play it, and I do play it on stage 3-5 times a month. It's worth it to have the thin old school finnish. Ive kept them all %100 stock as EJ seems to have hit all the "little" details that make good strats great. I run 2 Fulltone OCD's into a 65 Amps London 18w combo. The EJ works great with my simple set-up, and they get a good variety of tones. The only major issue Ive had is the first 2 EJ's had some slight sticky neck issues if I did not keep my hands clean (1 in 10 gigs). They seem to have improved the (neck)finnish on the current ones, and they feel "harder". I've done 100's of gigs with the EJ's since they first came out and only one broken string! Some nights I do the whole night on 1 EJ!
Music background: 20 + years playing and recording, non-pro
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