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Based on a classic Strat with bound rosewood fretboard and painstakingly designed down to the finest detail by a modern master of the electric guitar.

A modified '65 Strat with bound rosewood fretboard, meticulously designed by a modern guitar maestro.Eric Johnson has poured his many years of guitar mastery into this new signature electric guitar. This exquisite axe is crafted with a '65-style 2-piece alder body with super-thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish, and a quarter-sawn maple neck with bound round-laminated 12" radius rosewood fretboard. Loaded with three unique single-coil pickups voiced by Eric himself, and a custom tremolo block for navigating those Cliffs of Dover. Also features staggered vintage style tuners, three-ply parchment pickguard, and four finish options, three of which are exclusive to this model. Includes Deluxe Blonde Hardshell Case.Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
Body: 2-piece, deep contoured, lightweight alder body
Finish: Thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck: Quartersawn maple
Fingerboard: round-laminated rosewood with binding
Radius: 12" (305mm)
Frets: 21 medium jumbo
Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
Nut Width: 1.65" (42mm)
Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Keys: Fender staggered vintage-style tuning machines
Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Pickguard: 3-ply parchment (8-hole)
Pickups: Specially Voiced Eric Johnson single-coil
Pickup switching: 5-Position blade: Position 1. bridge pickup. Position 2: bridge and middle pickup, Position 3: middle pickup, Position 4: middle and neck pickup, Position 5: neck pickup
Pickup controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge
Pickup)
Strings: Fender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel; Gauges: (.010,
.013, .017, .026, .036, .046)
Case: Deluxe blonde hardshell case with brown ends (gold interior)
Included accessories: Levy's woven strap, Fender 15' Koil Kords cable, "ashtray" bridge cover

Unique Features:
Eric Johnson-designed pickups
Height staggered vintage-style tuners eliminate the need for string trees
Vintage tremolo with silver painted block and '57-style string recess (no paint between base plate and block)
5 tremolo springs
No back tremolo cover plate
Thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer finish

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FenderEric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 20 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Eric Johnson RW Strat

I've been searching for my "Holy Grail" of Strat tone for years. I've had a MIJ model, American '62 reissue, American '57 reissue, and currently have a Clapton that...Read complete review

I've been searching for my "Holy Grail" of Strat tone for years. I've had a MIJ model, American '62 reissue, American '57 reissue, and currently have a Clapton that I've loaded with a new pickguard, Suhr pu's, and custom wiring. I've been wanting another RW Strat. I also own a PRS McCarty. (another outstanding guitar) The EJ rosewood is the best Strat I've owned, or played, including some custom shop and vintage models. Didn't think I'd like the binding till I saw it...beautiful and still vintage looking (albeit very rare mid-60's vintage). Wasn't sure about the 12" flat board and larger frets. Now I wouldn't play anything else. Tone, great when unplugged and outstanding plugged in. From lush classic Strat tones to biting overdriven blues/rock tones. Beautiful thin finish (Palamino) that I found out was another of the 60's Dupont car finishes that Fender liked to use. Did I mention the TONE!!! All 5 pu settings are great. Clear, deep bell-like tones in the neck end, great quack in-between, and clarity near the bridge. In fact, the middle position that I never used on other Strats is one of my favorite Strat sounds ever. It was expensive, but I'll never part with it. If I could only have one electric guitar...this would be it. Oh yeah, it sounds GREAT!! (no, I don't work for Fender)

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Ignor the hype,not so good.

When I heard people talking about the high e string,I finally have someone in agreement with me.The nut slot is cut way too closr to the bottom of the fret board.As for the...Read complete review

When I heard people talking about the high e string,I finally have someone in agreement with me.The nut slot is cut way too closr to the bottom of the fret board.As for the pickups,there ok nothing great,I have a set of samirum colbolt that I bought from fender for my frankenstrat,that I prefer much more.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EJ RW firemist strat

By Mkeprs1

from Billings, MT

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Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

I've been playing EJ's for four years now and overall they are the top of the production line for quality and tone. However I must say I've sent back four EJ RW firemist strats for loose neck pockets and the #1 e string not staying in the nut when you do a bend around the third fret.I wonder if Fender's Quality inspection team are actually testing every EJ that leaves the production line or are they just inspecting every 5th or 6th EJ that comes off the line. What's up Fender?

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not for me

By Larry Anderson

from USA

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Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

I was really attracted to the white binding and rosewood fretboard of this guitar. I am also a huge Eric Johnson fan so I ordered a Dakota Red version. This guitar sounds incredible and is very well made. The paint was perfect and the pickups were very well balanced. But I have to say that I absolutely could not stand the neck design and had to send the guitar back. I am a Strat player and own several of them. The neck is far from any other Strats I have ever played. And I think these guitars are overpriced. I ordered an American Standard Strat instead and I love everything about it, and I don't have to worry about the paint and extreme temperature changes. All I can say is that the Eric Johnson Strat is beautiful and sounds as good as it looks, but the neck simply was not for me. I would highly suggest playing the Eric Johnson Strat before you order one. The neck was really fat and uncomfortable, what works for Eric does not work for me. Thanks again to Musicians Friend for allowing their customers to send a guitar back. If I had purchased this from my local music store I would have been stuck with it. Musicians Friend has earned my trust and my business.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Eric Johnson RW Strat

By Billychin

from Houston, TX

Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

I've been searching for my "Holy Grail" of Strat tone for years. I've had a MIJ model, American '62 reissue, American '57 reissue, and currently have a Clapton that I've loaded with a new pickguard, Suhr pu's, and custom wiring. I've been wanting another RW Strat. I also own a PRS McCarty. (another outstanding guitar) The EJ rosewood is the best Strat I've owned, or played, including some custom shop and vintage models. Didn't think I'd like the binding till I saw it...beautiful and still vintage looking (albeit very rare mid-60's vintage). Wasn't sure about the 12" flat board and larger frets. Now I wouldn't play anything else. Tone, great when unplugged and outstanding plugged in. From lush classic Strat tones to biting overdriven blues/rock tones. Beautiful thin finish (Palamino) that I found out was another of the 60's Dupont car finishes that Fender liked to use. Did I mention the TONE!!! All 5 pu settings are great. Clear, deep bell-like tones in the neck end, great quack in-between, and clarity near the bridge. In fact, the middle position that I never used on other Strats is one of my favorite Strat sounds ever. It was expensive, but I'll never part with it. If I could only have one electric guitar...this would be it. Oh yeah, it sounds GREAT!! (no, I don't work for Fender)

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Maple EJ in Omaha

By SMITTEN

from Omaha, NE

Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

I got my EJ for a trade in and $100. I have the two color burst, first year they came out. Playing it darn near daily and have not had one problem what so ever! I think I play it more unplugged than plugged in. When the upper bass bout is pressed into your body you feel a resonance that I have never felt in any other solid body. The neck is the most wonderful part. The wood selection is mind boggeling, flecking is truly hypnotizing, with a lil flame here and there. It was a little sticky when new, but if you can't take 30 sec. to wipe it down before you play, I will go out on a limb here and say you are proly not in the market for this particular guitar. 2nd pos. neck/bridge is my fav. It is the only strat on a wall of high end guitars, and the only one that gets played daily, and has for years. This will never leave my hands. Not very hip they have no burst finish options for the new rosewood model. My Maple neck really looks flip'n cool all broken in with finger rub wear on the fret board. I love this guitar! One more thing, I had no idea who Eric Johnson was when I got this. Iam very thankfull he is so particular about how they will build something with his name on it. Thank God the dorky EJ coco pelli logo is on the neck plate out of site, and no embarasing signature on the head stock. Get one, even though they raised prices, they are still the only sleepers out there.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Gigging Guitar

By Frankie A.

from Jersey Shore

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Comfortable For Long Gigs
  • Fabulous Tone
  • Great Neck Feel
  • Quick String Change
  • SOLID
  • Stays in tune

Cons

  • Needs Back Trem Cover
  • Stock Trem Lacking

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

Experienced Club player, Semi-Pro. I like this guitar a lot. Has become my main goto Strat. I didn't care for the stock trem with the screw in arm. Replaced with modern six screw Wilkenson with push in arm, now all good. Also added a back trem cover, just looks naked without it . . IMO
The neck on this baby is beautiful. My hand tends to cramp after long sessions with my standard American Strat, but not here. Also play Les Pauls so I'm more comfortable with a fatter neck.
Also like the staggered tuners, no string trees and string opening on top of the post. Makes string changes a breeze . .

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprise Gift from the Wife

By John H.-TjnJj

from West Valley, NY

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Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

My wife had got me this guitar for a early wedding gift. I have been playing guitar since the 60's and have own quite a number of guitars in my life from Hagstrom of the 60's and a Gibson Les Paul Custom. First off the overall workmanship is seem throughout the guitar my guitar is in Dalota Red and the color is beutiful the neck with the inlay plays very comfortable and fast. The guitar new as it was, was set great the string action was nice and low and the intonation was set perfectly. The pickups as were voice by Eric are fantastic. From the neck giving me beautiful lows and the bridge giving me very pleasant highs. I highly recommend this guitar for anyone. The quality and sound will give a guitarist all he needs to perform. Thank you fender and Eric for producing a very beautiful guitar. Which is now my main guitar for all that I do.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best sounding Strat I've played

By Oblique Motion

from Boston

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Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

In 2005 I bought an EJ Strat with a maple neck, and its been my favorite Strat ever since (own 7). Last week while I was screwing around in my favorite music store I noticed that the EJ Strats now had rosewood necks. My first impression was "good god these guitars are ugly." I spent the next 1/2 hour playing a red one, and discovered the beauty was on the inside. Wow, did that guitar have tone! My EJ Strat is magnificent sounding, but I think this one sounded better. Of course I was playing it through one of the store's Marshall amps, not my Marshall. So its impossible to get an exact comparison. Just the same I was highly impressed with the guitars tone. Very full and bluesy sounding. Also the action on this particular Strat was very nice. Just when I was thinking I found my next Strat, I turned over the price tag and nearly pooped. Yea these guitars are expensive, but I always think you could be hooked on Les Pauls. Les Pauls make even the most expensive Strat look almost reasonable. I'd of bought that EJ Strat with the rosewood neck right then and there if I had the money. This guitar was so sweet I even toyed with the idea of trading in some of my least played Strats to afford this one. I couldn't do it for sentimental reasons. Enough about me. If you're looking for a Strat with tone to spare this is the one, but be prepared to for sticker shock.

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Guitar but...

By Georgeatt

from Central Illinois

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Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

Shame own Fender for increasing the price on this instrument by almost a grand - basically for adding neck binding and new colors. Buy the previous version and use the extra money for something else!

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Strat

Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

To some it up great Strat !! Love the sounds and the looks. Build quality is solid. This certainly won't be the first guitar I sell if I needed cash. If you like a sweet start and If you are ok with high gloss finishes on the back of the neck, your not likely to be disapointed.
In general I am happy with this Strat. Personally, in the price range, I would like to have gotten locking tuners, but the press realease talks about Eric's input into the headstock and lack of string tree's. This was actualy the 3rd one I ordered. I ordered a "mint" used from "another store". The neck was so poorly offset the e-string wasn't even over the neck. I sent it back any the local store ordered me another. That one showed up, in the wrong colour. This one from MF was a better price for this color and arrived in good shape. I like the shape of the neck. It has that high gloss "sticky" finish on the back though. I can't bring myself to scuff it. I was hoping for more of a satin feel. But that's why they call it the Eric Johnson, and don't name it after me !! Maybe favourite feature by far has to be the pickups, great balance for clean or dirty.
The setup on mine seems to be good. After everything I read about these models having such great quality, I guess I expected more. My Highway One Strat setup by me, plays every bit as good. Maybe the guys that were working on these a few years ago make EVH's now.
Value is subjective I guess. If you can afford this, you will love it. It is again modeled after a classic based on EJ's taste. For this amount of coin, if I was to do it again, I would want to look at strat's with more modern touches. Satin neck, locking tuners, variable radius fretboard, maybe even HSS configuration. I might still chose this one, just wish I had a chance to try others. This is better than my H1, just not sure about twice as good, as reflected in the price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Sultan of Strats

By Southern Cross the Dog

from Granada Hills, CA

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Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

I had an opportunity today to sit and play an Eric Johnson RW strat for a while and I have to tell you it was a jaw dropping experience. I have owned and played a number of US strats down through the years including vintage models from the 70's. I feel that the stratocaster in all of its various incarnations has finally reached its ultimate nirvana with this model. The palomino metallic finish was just beautiful and the binding on the neck was something to behold. The fingerboard and neck felt just awesome. The set up was done with the strat player in mind. In my view, it was perfect. (I realize this is all a matter of opinion. We are all different on this one). The fit, finish, and workmanship were exquisite. It played like no other strat I have used in the past. It had a slight ?Gibson? feel to it; this may or may not be an issue depending on how much the traditional strat feel means to you. The pickups were sweet enough to make you weak in the knees-very cool, very clear, very strat. This guitar is for hard-core strat slingers low on humility and big on self-expression. I played the example I had through a Fender Twin. I had the Blues running out of every pore. I love a strat through a fender amp. SRV kind of liked it as well. In my never to be humble opinion, that sound combination is unbeatable for the Blues. That's my view children, try one out and you be the judge. BluesdogGranada Hills, CA

(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

EJ Strat

By maddog444

from illinois

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Pros

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

      For what I paid, I expected much better quality!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Production Strat Available

      By Music Man-aM_bh

      from New York City

      Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

      Personally, I love the binding. I know it is not traditional strat by any means but it's a really solid look. I also prefer rosewood to maple. The guitar, overall, is an extremely solid axe, especially for a production strat. The guitar resonates acoustically in a beautiful manner, the neck shape is ultra accessible and a perfect feel for my hands. The guitar stays extremely well in tune, and string bends do not force other strings out of tune because of the guitar's solidness and higher string tension with the 5 springs used in the back. The neck pickup and neck/middle pickup offer supreme bass and a really rich experience. The neck pickup is super hot and nice as well. I also find that with the volumne and tone knobs you really can get very nice range of tones.Overall, the 12.5 inch radius neck and feel of the guitar, to me, makes it slightly less strat-like, in the traditional sense, but preserves the strat tone you are used to. The build is solid. Out of all the strats I have played, this one ranks up there and easily is the best production strat I have ever laid my hands and ears on.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Instrument

      By Living Room Rockstar

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

        I've owned this guitar for over a year. Plays everything, any style. Can play Maiden and Metallica, and it can play Clapton. ***(I can't play Eric Johnson's music to save my life, but I am a big fan of his).

        The bridge pickup can cut through any mix or stage noise, and this guitar can play metal really well.

        It was obviously designed to play Eric's style, but the pickups are all 3, pretty amazing and clear.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        If you can afford it buy it

        By Chas

        from New York

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

          What a great guitar this is my 4th strat and by far best I've owned or have played
          MF was the best price and one of the few who had my color . I never played a softV always had c but I love this neck and tone is great .
          Thanks Chas

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love my EJ But...

          By StratHack

          from N. Cal

          Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

          If youre looking to own a super-nice vintage style Strat, you really should take a look at the Eric Johnson Sig. The quality of the wood, finish and details is simply outstanding for a factory built instrument and I take seriously the rumors that these things are turned out by the Fender Custom Shop. Fender and Eric hit the nail on the head.On the other hand, not all EJ's are created equal. The first one I purchased on a wim and it had a loose neck pocket, the neck needed a reset and the plank that the neck was milled from was rather "unspectacular", to say the least.Fortunately, that one went back to Fender and was replaced by an identical Blond EJ, thats one of the finest Strats that I've ever seen and through my botique tube amp, it sings like a Blue Angel!The message here is to play a few EJ's before you buy one. Make sure it's as perfect as you want it to be. look for good reflective grain, make sure the necks straight and look closely at the neck/body pocket. Some EJ's come through with missaligned necks and loose pockets. No kidding.Other than for those possible flaws, I would happily buy another EJ and I keep thinking about doing so but then again, I already own one!Lastly: Fender's execs should be ashamed of themselves for hiking the prices of these guitars. Are they worth it? Well, they WERE worth it, but just because you CAN raise prices is no reason to do so. It just makes these harder for deserving players to purchase. OTOH, if you don't own one of these, pay the price. Theyre that good.PS Fender: The colors that you picked for the Rosewoods make no sense what-so-ever and thats the reason why I dont own one. The bound neck Strat that Ry Cooder plays is gorgeous, so give us some vintage colors to accent the vintage vibe of this wonderfull guitar. Please?Heres my promise to you... Change the color selection and I'll be write you a check!!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          U do

          By JGB

          from New York

          Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

          I actually bought the guitar and it is not hype. This axe is art on the wall and the sound in your head. It enables you to do things you felt were un attainable. Save up your bread and you will not be disappointed.

          (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Go with maple...

          By Neil Jung

          from Indiana

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          Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

          These are ugly, ugly guitars. Why in the world did Fender, or EJ, choose these color options instead of going with classic ('62 era) Fender colors, such as Olympic White, 3 tone sunburst, and black. The fretboard binding is just ugly and I've never known any strat player to suggest that a stratocaster should have binding. This guitar looks like one of the cheesy, early custom models that Fender used to make special order for people with way too much money. I want a strat that inspires me to pick it up, but I think these rosewood EJ models are terrible-looking, but they do play well. I'll stick with the maple neck models. Shame on Fender for the price increase, too--absolutely disgusting on their part. I will no longer buy a new guitar from them, even if I could afford to, just based on principle. Fender=greed.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          THE BEST!

          By MIXSKYWALKER

          from San Diego

          Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

          I first would like to tell you wrong mapleEJ's review is. To each his own I guess. This guitar is fantastic! The best Strat I have ever heard. The pickups are voiced so perfectly. Tone for days. I actually prefer maple necks on Strats but after hearing and playing this guitar I had to pull the trigger. This guitar will be a classic.I own a recording studio and keep a few of the best guitars money can buy to offer my customers options. This guitar is one of those.

           
          4.0

          Eric Johnson Fender

          By Gerald

          from Belcourt N D

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • guitar sounds beautiful and stays in tune.
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

              Just had this guitar now for a couple of weeks and play it for hours every day. Great tone, pick-ups well balanced, and stays in tune. I also love the color and finish, I have the Eric Johnson B W. with a tropical Turquoise finish. love the Guitar but not sure of the price.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Ignor the hype,not so good.

              By Guitar Gary

              from Norwich Conn.

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar:

              When I heard people talking about the high e string,I finally have someone in agreement with me.The nut slot is cut way too closr to the bottom of the fret board.As for the pickups,there ok nothing great,I have a set of samirum colbolt that I bought from fender for my frankenstrat,that I prefer much more.

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