Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Maple
Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Maple

Eric Johnson Stratocaster Maple, STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Eric Johnson series.

heads on fire 12/26/2011

Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Maple : heads on fire's user review

« Best Strat out there. »

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Model Name: Eric Johnson Stratocaster® Maple
Series: Artist

Body: Alder
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Finish:
(0117702803, 0117702806, 0117702809, 0117702801)
Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck Shape: Soft "V" Shape
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
Fretboard Radius: 12" Radius (305 mm)
Neck Material: 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Neck Plate: Custom 4 Bolt Neckplate
Truss Rod Nut: Original Vintage Style

Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
Bridge Pickup: Specially Voiced Eric Johnson Single-Coil Pickup with Countersunk Mounting Screws
Middle Pickup: Specially Voiced Eric Johnson Single-Coil Pickup with Countersunk Mounting Screws
Neck Pickup: Specially Voiced Eric Johnson Single-Coil Pickup with Countersunk Mounting Screws
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
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)

Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Bridge Cover/Tailpiece: Includes Chrome Bridge Cover
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Switch Tip: Parchment Switch Tip
Tremolo Arm/Handle: American Vintage Tremolo Arm

Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench: .050" Hex (Allen) Wrench

Strings: Fender® USA Super 250R, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Unique Features: 12" Radius Fingerboard, Countersunk Holes in Pickguard for Pickup Mounting Screws, Height Staggered Vintage Style Tuners which 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 and No Back Tremolo Cover Plate

Case/Gig Bag: Deluxe Blonde Hardshell Case with Black Ends (Black Interior)
Included Accessories: Deluxe Blonde Hardshell Case with Black Ends (Black Interior), Strap, Cable, "Ash Tray" Bridge Cover
Control Knobs: Parchment Plastic


Whether one is a fan of Eric Johnson or not, this Stratocaster is phenomenal. I daresay it is the finest Strat I've yet played. There are so many small details that Eric thought of to make this a perfect Strat. A few of these seemingly minor features include staggered tuners, to make string trees unnecessary; no finish underneath the pickguard, to keep the body resonant; no back plate, to assist in resonance as well as making tremolo adjustments very quick to make. The guitar plays like a dream, sounds wonderful, and looks like a million bucks.


Anything one would expect a great Stratocaster to do, this does it. The pickups remind me a lot of a friend's old early 60s Strat - they have a nice brilliance to them, with the utmost of clarity even at the most distorted of tones. This guitar would be great for all but the most brutal of metal tones.


As far as Strats go, this guitar is utterly perfect. It does not get better than this for a Stratocaster. Perfect 10.