Over the years the US State of Texas has been responsible for a number of legendary guitar players, and many of them, from Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison to Stevie Rae Vaughan and beyond, have one thing in common: the Fender Stratocaster. This legendary axe has been a mainstay in contemporary music since the 1950's, and in more recent years there's been yet another famous Texan making full use of the awesome tones that Fender have on offer, none other than mr Eric Johnson. With that in mind, let's take a look at his Custom shop Signature Series Stratocaster.
An Homage to One of Modern Music's finest Strat masters
As a virtuoso guitar player renowned for commanding exquisite tone from his guitars, only the best is good enough for Eric Johnson, and as such only the very best engineering and construction has gone into building his new Signature Series Stratocasters: every single facet of this guitar, from the shape and electronics down to the headstock angle, has been designed to Johnson's own detailed specs.
The nitrocellulose lacquer used on this guitar is one of the great original-era Fender electric guitar finishes. It's thin, porous and delicate, a premium finish prized for sonic qualities that allow the true tonal character of the body woods to shine through, as well as being long-lasting and protective.
The extra-strong quartersawn maple neck of the EJ Signature Stratocaster has been sculpted with a sharper 50's style "V" profile, perfect for guitar players with larger hands whose thumb often extends over the edge of the fingerboard.
Those clever designers over at Fender worked very closely in collaboration with Johnson to produce these Special Edition pickups, designing them specifically around his meticulous tonal needs. The sound is, quite simply, incredible, delivering the kind of precise tone that would make any guitar afficionado weep with tears of joy.
The fingerboard of this signature Stratocaster has been designed specifically to have a much flatter curvature than vintage and modern style contemporaries. This has been done purposefully to ensure that the guitar is perfect for bending notes without fretting out.
The Tuning Pegs
These tuning pegs have been specifically chosen for their cool vintage-style look. They're height-staggered in pairs, with posts that get progressively shorter from the low strings to the high, creating optimal string break angles from the nut to the tuners, with no consequent need for string trees.
As with all Fender Stratocasters, the Eric Johnson Custom Shop Signature Series guitars ooze class and playability on a level that is second to none. With a lot of Custom Shop guitars the main differences become more obvious when you play them as opposed to just watching them being played, but the specially designed pickups in this series set an already exquisite guitar apart even more with their tone.
We currently stock this excellent guitar in our Romford and Cardiff stores, so if you would like to arrange for a demonstration get in touch with either of those stores (whichever is closest for you to get to) and talk to an in-store product expert. Alternatively you can order this guitar online now and we will guarantee a fast, reliable and free next day delivery service (UK customers only, subject to stock levels). There's also a range of finance options available on this guitar.
- Body Material: Alder
- Neck: 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple
- Neck Shape: Soft "V"
- Fretboard: Maple
- Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
- Pickups: Specially Voiced Eric Johnson Single Coil, Neck, Middle and Bridge Pickups
- Switch: 5-way Pickup Selector Blade
- Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1 (Neck Pickup), Tone 2 (Bridge Pickup)
- Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
- Tuning Pegs: Vintage-Style Staggered
- Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment
- Case: Deluxe Blonde Hardshell Case with Black Ends
- Also Comes With: Strap,Cable, "Ash Tray" Bridge Cover
|Case Included||hard case|
|Scale Length||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Nut Width||1.650" (4.2cm)|
|Neck Wood||1-piece quartersawn maple|
|Pickup Config||3 x single coil|
|Number Of Strings||6 string|
|Right / Left-Handed||right handed|
|Guitar Style||stratocaster style|
|Body Size||full size|
|Body Material||alder body|
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