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Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster - White Blonde with Maple Fingerboard Reviews

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  • from Tejas December 25, 2016

    Magnificent!

    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.

  • from October 11, 2015

    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.

  • from Santa Maria, CA January 27, 2015Music Background:
    Church worship, blues, 60-70

    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.

  • from Blountville, TN November 6, 2014

    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.

  • from Fort Wayne September 23, 2008Music Background:
    20 + years playing and recording, non-pro

    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!

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