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A modified '65 Strat with bound rosewood fretboard, meticulously designed by a modern guitar maestro.Eric Johnson has poured his many years of guitar...Read More

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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

A guitar for real guitar heros. Order yours today!

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FenderEric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

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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Great Guitar but...

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...Read complete review

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!

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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.

     
    5.0

    If you can afford it buy it

    By Chas

    from Middletown ny

    About Me Professional Musician

    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

      (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      EJ Strat

      By maddog444

      from illinois

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Buyer

      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!

          (3 of 4 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 . .

          (3 of 5 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.

          (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Not for me

          By Larry Anderson

          from USA

          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.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Surprise Gift from the Wife

          By John H.-TjnJj

          from West Valley, NY

          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.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          EJ RW firemist strat

          By Mike from Montana

          from Billings MT

          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?

          (4 of 7 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.

          (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)

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