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Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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  • '57-style, 2-piece alder body
  • Body cavities true to '57 specs
  • One-piece, quartersawn plain maple neck
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Based on a '57 Strat with a maple fretboard.

After years of painstaking research and design, the Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar has finally arrived. Designed with Eric by Custom Shop guru Michael Frank-Braun, this beauty is based on a '57, and combines the best of vintage design with modern electronics technology.
The '57-style, 2-piece alder body has an ultrathin, Custom Shop-quality nitrocellulose lacquer finish that results in better resonance. Johnson opted for a one-piece, quartersawn maple neck with a 12" radius that's finished with a thin-skinned glossy lacquer and vintage tint. 19 prototype pickups were created before Johnson found the tone he was looking for. The Custom Shop-modified single coils use a new wire material and winding technique for the magnets giving them a unique, Eric Johnson-approved sound. Johnson and Braun also included one of Eric's most famous Strat modifications by wiring the tone controls to the neck and bridge pickups, instead of the standard neck/middle tone configuration of most Strats.

This guitar offers tonal perfection thanks to the discerning ear of one of the best players to ever pick up an axe. And it's pleasing to the eye as well, with its large arm contour, '57-style pickguard and shallow pickup cavities, plus thin headstock with vintage staggered tuners that eliminate the need for a string tree. Unbelievable Custom Shop-like quality in a production axe. Includes case.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • '57-style, 2-piece alder body
  • Body cavities true to '57 specs
  • One-piece, quartersawn plain maple neck
  • Thinner, vintage-style headstock
  • 12" radius American Series-style frets
  • Staggered vintage machine heads eliminate string tree
  • Thin neck cap
  • Bone nut
  • Custom Shop-modified single-coil pickups
  • Master volume, neck tone, and bridge tone controls
  • Vintage tremolo with silver painted block
  • '57-style string recess
  • Thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Includes case

Fender and Eric Johnson have created a masterpiece, and we have one for you. Don't wait another second! Call or click to order yours.

 
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FenderArtist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 119 reviews)

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    (103)

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    (10)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Makes the USA standard strat seem like a Squire

      It's worth repeating that this is the nicest electric guitar I've ever played. It just feels good. It will make you want to play it more. It's hard for me to look at...Read complete review

      It's worth repeating that this is the nicest electric guitar I've ever played. It just feels good. It will make you want to play it more. It's hard for me to look at it and not want to pick it up. Do yourself a favor and just play one. If you're a fan of stratocasters, chances are you'll want to add this to your collection.
      As far as strats go it's pretty basic, but that's all I need. The tone knobs control the bridge and neck pickups, instead of one controlling the neck and one controlling the bridge and middle pickups. 21 frets, just like the old strats had. A thin lacquer finish, and vintage tuners make this look like an old 50s strat. It also comes in a super high end case that just screams quality.

      The pickups are specially voiced to EJ's needs. I like them. They are punchy, but not too twangy. As expected, they sound really good clean but don't get muddy under distortion or fuzz.

      The neck has a way more "Gibsonesque" feel. It's slightly thicker than a standard strat neck and has a flatter, 12'' radius. I really like it and it makes bending notes much easier. It's something I've always wanted on a strat neck.

      This is my first experience with the vintage style tuners and I absolutely love them. I'm curious why they aren't on all Fender guitars. The end of the string stays inside the tuner so there's zero risk of having the string ends cut or poke you. Looks a lot cleaner too. They are precise and stay in tune perfectly.

      The lack of string trees actually does a good job of keeping the tremolo from getting the guitar out of tune. You can use it way more than you can on a regular strat and it still stays in tune. Another nice touch, plus it makes the headstock look cleaner.
      I wish there was an 11 rating. This is by far the most high quality, well made electric guitar I've ever played. You can tell the people at Fender really take their time with this and make sure everything is perfect. The guitar is flawless. The frets are highly polished and don't stick out past the fretboard. The finish is perfect and I love the look, feel, and smell of the thin nitrocellulose lacquer.

      Eric Johnson is known to be a perfectionist and it's reflected in this guitar. I've got a lot of respect for an artist who actually takes the time to help construct a guitar he would actually play, not just stamp his name on it to make a quick buck. Kudos to EJ and Fender for building a world class instrument.
      The going rate for one of these is a bit on the high side for a lot of people. I seriously lucked out and found one basically brand new at a great price. If I wouldn't have gotten such a smokin' deal on mine I would have pulled the trigger and payed full price. It's well worth it.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      More Talk Than Tone

      I purchased this Strat in anticipation of some great overall tone and playability. I found that it's more Fender Talk than Tone. It is subpar at best for the price (highly overexaggerated)....Read complete review

      I purchased this Strat in anticipation of some great overall tone and playability. I found that it's more Fender Talk than Tone. It is subpar at best for the price (highly overexaggerated). It should be more in the range of $500.00 to $700.00 at best. The '62 Hotrod is all over this Strat in both playability and tone, which is a shame for the price. In short, the build quality is very poor (shame on Fender). I was amazed at how poorly this Strat was set up, and the technician agreed with me that it was far from a high quality instrument, and he knows his stuff (20+ years as a Fender repair specialist). The pickups are great, but it fails on the neck badly. Frets were uneven, and the high e-string kept falling off the neck so bad that I had to have the nut replaced. It was simply a terrible guitar out of the box. After about $150.00 worth of setup charges, it is mediocre at best. If I didn't have extra costs invested, I'd be throwing it back Fender's way with a flat "thanks or nothing." It's simply nothing more than Talk and no Tone. I cannot be more honest than this in my review. I own it, and it's playable, but it sits on its stand more so than my other Fender Strats.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Guitar!

      By Guitarpicker

      from Morrilton, AR

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautiful instrument
      • Great Strat Tone
      • Plays great

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Any

      Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Got one of these in white blonde and it's absolutely beautiful! I love the tinted maple neck and the finish on the body is superb. I'm a huge fan of the nitro finish and it's sure to get better with age. At first the neck was sticky and stiff. Wipe it with string lube/cleaner and remove two tremolo springs. In a few weeks she'll play like butter! The pickups are brilliant and colorful. You can dial in everything from country twang to straty quack to rock to big bluesy tones. You can truly play anything with this guitar! Thank you Fender and Eric Johnson for an awesome guitar!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By Peter Vincent

      from Rogue River, OR

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Killer Tones
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      One of the best fenders I own and I have several from custom shop ltd to American deluxe. The tones from this guitar are unlike any other. It must be the pickups. They are full and bright but with great bottom end. Love the soft v neck shape and flat fretboard. Just one of the best fender has for the price of an American deluxe. I'm blown away like anyone who owns one of these.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      EJ Strat is worth everry penny!

      By Bob The Stratplayer

      from Massachusetts

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Highly Resonant
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Neck Alignment
      • Poor Finish On Back

      Best Uses

      • Rock And Blues

      Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Purchased my Sunburst EJ Strat in January. The tone, vibrancy and resonance are amazing (I own 6 Strats and this the best), both unplugged and amplified. I love the soft V neck profile and vintage tint. Guitar tunes easily and stays in tune, period. Two issues: From the factory the guitar came with the first string alarmingly close to the edge of the fingerboard. I loosened the 4 neck bolts and did a "chiropractic" adjustment and was able to move the neck just enough to get that first string a couple more
      millimeters away from the fingerboard edge. The other concern is the finish on the back of the guitar...looks like sloppy spraying of the finish coat. Fortunately the front of the guitar is perfect. I cannot put this guitar down, it is that wonderful and fun to play. I highly recommend you at least try one and if you are a serious Strat player, this is THE Strat to consider

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Follow Up

      By JoeyB

      from Undisclosed

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      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I would like to follow up on my previous review, I said I was disappointed with the pick guard it turns out that this was the one they used in the '50s so it is traditional though I did change it out to a '57 Tortoise (it looks great). Also I would like to expand on the pickups, they are fantastic! The neck pickup is my favorite of the bunch it is fashioned after a '54 strat pickup with alnico 3 magnets the pickups in this guitar howl! I have been playing through a Fender '57 Deluxe 12 watt amp and I absolutely love it. Also I put in Pick Up Pocket Putty pickuppocketputty.com and it really brought this guitar to life! I put this in a Les Paul I have and it did the same. I love this Stratocaster.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent! Best Strat out there!

          By JoeyB

          from Undisclosed

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Great guitar! I am a Gibson guy I enjoy the fat sounds you can get from a Les Paul I never really liked Fenders you need a OD pedal in front of your amp but having a stratocaster has its advantages, for me its a beautiful clean or a crisp jangle and its fun to play. This Johnson stratocaster has a great neck and feel that I love. My only qualm is the cheap pick guard I am switching it out for a 57' tortoise shell pick guard and slipping in a shield, it comes with a great case. I will cherish.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Makes the USA standard strat seem like a Squire

              By Matt Rupe

              from Ohio

              Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              It's worth repeating that this is the nicest electric guitar I've ever played. It just feels good. It will make you want to play it more. It's hard for me to look at it and not want to pick it up. Do yourself a favor and just play one. If you're a fan of stratocasters, chances are you'll want to add this to your collection.
              As far as strats go it's pretty basic, but that's all I need. The tone knobs control the bridge and neck pickups, instead of one controlling the neck and one controlling the bridge and middle pickups. 21 frets, just like the old strats had. A thin lacquer finish, and vintage tuners make this look like an old 50s strat. It also comes in a super high end case that just screams quality.

              The pickups are specially voiced to EJ's needs. I like them. They are punchy, but not too twangy. As expected, they sound really good clean but don't get muddy under distortion or fuzz.

              The neck has a way more "Gibsonesque" feel. It's slightly thicker than a standard strat neck and has a flatter, 12'' radius. I really like it and it makes bending notes much easier. It's something I've always wanted on a strat neck.

              This is my first experience with the vintage style tuners and I absolutely love them. I'm curious why they aren't on all Fender guitars. The end of the string stays inside the tuner so there's zero risk of having the string ends cut or poke you. Looks a lot cleaner too. They are precise and stay in tune perfectly.

              The lack of string trees actually does a good job of keeping the tremolo from getting the guitar out of tune. You can use it way more than you can on a regular strat and it still stays in tune. Another nice touch, plus it makes the headstock look cleaner.
              I wish there was an 11 rating. This is by far the most high quality, well made electric guitar I've ever played. You can tell the people at Fender really take their time with this and make sure everything is perfect. The guitar is flawless. The frets are highly polished and don't stick out past the fretboard. The finish is perfect and I love the look, feel, and smell of the thin nitrocellulose lacquer.

              Eric Johnson is known to be a perfectionist and it's reflected in this guitar. I've got a lot of respect for an artist who actually takes the time to help construct a guitar he would actually play, not just stamp his name on it to make a quick buck. Kudos to EJ and Fender for building a world class instrument.
              The going rate for one of these is a bit on the high side for a lot of people. I seriously lucked out and found one basically brand new at a great price. If I wouldn't have gotten such a smokin' deal on mine I would have pulled the trigger and payed full price. It's well worth it.

              Comment on this review

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Eric Johnson 2 tone sunburst Stratocaster

              By Mike-wWdVY

              from Montanat

              Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Enough said already. It's a great guitar. Go out and buy one. Take care of this beauty and it will take care of you.
              you can check out the features on the fender or MF website. I just received this EJ from MF yesterday. I sent my previous EJ 2 tone back because there was an overspray of paint on the front of the body. Both guitars that I have received were set up properly. I checked the intonation, string height and pick up height of both guitars I received were correct. Of course the sound and looks of the 2 tone models are the best I've seen and heard for the signature models that fender puts out. I have a fender twin pro tube I bought from MF five years ago and this guitar and amp were made for each other. I will be purchasing the fender blues deville reissue soon to add to my amp collection. I prefer blues only. This will probably be my last strat I will ever buy. If it gets lost, broke or stolen I will purchasing another EJ 2 tone SB.
              Maple 12" radius neck is great. They nailed the spray tint color on this neck. Very close to a 57 strat style. The 2 tone body shows the wood grain perfectly. Tuners are good. EJ pickups are excellent. I would not replace them for any other style of pickup. With the EJ's I've had I have had to dive into why my strings go out of tune when using the tremelo . I don't dive bomb. I've learned alot about this guitar in my research about why strings go out of tune when using the trem. This is a common issue with alot of strats. Most of the time it's the way the nut is cut at the factory. Most of time it's the low E,A and D strings that go sharp. Problable binding in the nut. I use Nut Sauce and this reduces this problem so I know the binding is at the nut. At lease 80% of the binding issue is at the nut. I've set up the tremelo per the fender web site also. Using 4 springs instead of the normal 3 springs in a triangle. This helps bring the E,A and D strings back to pitch when using the tremelo arm. Will probably install calaham saddles only because they really are better saddles because they provide one less friction point for the strings.
              The value of any guitar is very subjective. I got this EJ for less money due to a sale last month. Both prices are high relative to 5 or 6 years ago. The price of the sig models are within my reach but the custom shops are not. Frankly I've checked into the materials used in the CS strats and I can't find any real difference between the sig models and the cs models. I guess the reason you pay more for a CS is it is supposed to be made by hand from a master builder. Big Deal !!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              2011 EJ 2 tone sunburst

              By Mike-wWdVY

              from Montanat

              Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              tone was great !
              This is my fourth EJ in four years. Finally got a good one. When I openned the case and pulled it out I checked out the maple neck and the body. Everything looked great. This guitar was actually set up at the factory. I checked the intonation and it was great. The sound unplugged was absolutely stunning. All my other EJ's did not sound this good.

              Well I was plugging the EJ in to check the pickups and noticed an imperfection on the front of the guitar towards the rear. Fender oversprayed some dark brown color onto the light brown color. I was very disappointed. Well I tried to ignore it for a couple of days but could not. I will be sending this one back and exchanging it for the same. I just hope I get another EJ that sounds as good as this one.
              Gave a 9 because of the overspray spot,

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Buy this guitar!

              By jeff cabanting

              from Kona Hawaii

              Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I have played an Standard American Strat for 8 years and the years of performing by the ocean took it's toll on the tone. Literally rusted almost all the inner workings of my guitar. I needed a replacement Strat ASAP and tried out a couple American Strats (specials/highway one/standard) and then tried out the EJ and was sold instantly! What tone and sustain! Thank you Fender and EJ for making this Strat of this caliber affordable to own!

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              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              My first new American guitar since 1972

              By Philip Lus

              from Aizona

              Comments about Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Once set up, the guitar plays great. Good size frets, aid in bending strings, which are harder when the tremolo unit is cranked tight, but at least the other strings stay in tune when you are bending.
              I wish the lacquer was thinner on the fretboard. I have always played rosewood necks. I'll probably take care of that myself.
              How much do you have to spend to get a decent guitar?

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