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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / Eric Johnson Stratocaster



Still Trying!
Jul 19th, 2006 10:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm sure this guitar has already been reviewed here but here's my 2 cents. I had been losing my love for strats and become almost purely a Gibson player, despite the fact that my first good and long-time axe was a strat. I had a Strat Plus with CS 54s and later an American Deluxe with Vintage Noiseless pups but neither of these guitars knocked me out. They both seems a bit tinny and harsh with little mid depth, even though they were better level strats.

By contrast, I'm very impressed by the EJ Strat. Mine is a 2-tone sunburst. Despite the fact that I was used to rosewood fretboard strats I have come to love the EJ's all maple neck. It has a very comfy feel that encourages playing and smarter note selection. With ".10s" for strings the strings are fairly taut (harder to run around on) but seem to inspire more thinking and better note choice. Also the neck has a relatively flat radius - which makes an easier transition for a Gibson player.

The body on this strat is very light and comfy with a deeper belly cut. It's very resonant and comfortable to strap on. The finish is nitro and the sunburst is very 2-tone late 50s looking. The alder body has figuring that almost make it look like an ash body - but better.

OK, tone. The pickups are very good on this guitar. The neck pickup is (for once) really warm - you could play jazz rhythm on this and it's a really nice tone for slower ballads, etc. Lead tones with this pickup can get fluty - never harsh. The middle pup is perfect to my ears. Bright and chimy but still with some lower end girth. Buddy Holly with more bass and mids. Excellent for blues. One of the best all around strat pickups I've heard. The bridge pup I use less but it's stronger output without any harshness. The "in between" positions easily nail Knopfleresqe, funk or Jimi tones.

The case this guitar comes in is also cool. White tolex / Black trim and black interior.

This guitar is very close to a custom shop level instrument - or maybe better? One of Fender's best efforts in a long while in my book.

(This message was last edited by KAL at 10:48 PM, Jul 19th, 2006)

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We had the hit but Van got the money
Jan 14th, 2008 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Missed this thread. I scored one of these from MF in Candy Apple red last year. A MF "Blem", it ran < $1,300. To date we can't find a darn thing about it that would qualify as a blemish, but whatever, I guess I got lucky. I wasn't expecting a lot from the guitar but wanted it for a collection. However, it's become my #1 player.

Particularly like the "V"-hybrid neck profile, just enough chunk. The 12" radius takes some getting used to if you're an old timer like me that grew up on 7.25s. The medium jumbo frets make bending a bit easier and the unique peghead design (deeper, eliminates the string tree) is something of a Strat revelation.

The neck PU is outstanding. I'm less inspired by the other two, but won't change them.

Mine has required a few neck and setup adjs as it's settled in, but, it is just a superb instrument. The EJ is one of the best buys in Fender's Strat lineup.



Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Oct 1st, 2010 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a 2-tone sunburst right after they came out after completely falling in love with it in the music store where I tried it out.

Now it's starting to naturally relic with checking on the body and a tiny bit on the head, some finger marks on the fretboard,etc. which I think adds to the classic Vibe of this guitar.

I actually love evrything about mine, and I'm particulary delighted with all three pickups, and the way the built-in tone control mod gets you what you need at the neck and bridge.

The middle pickup on this guitar is very cool....full, rounded and a bit "Twang-Chimey" and unlike any other Fender Strat pickup I have ever heard.

The neck pickup is smokey and bluesy, and the bridge is bright and cuts without being ice-picky.

The quarter-sawn neck on this guitar is an absolute killer.....it's straight and true and solid as a rock.

Attention to detail, including the deep belly cut on the body and the bone nut, overall finish, staggerred string trees, etc. make the Eric Johnson Strat REALLY, REALLY SPECIAL>>>>

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