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Many players are rightly realising that a headstock is just a headstock and a classic-design is just that—a single design (and one of many). What it really comes down to is the guitar itself, how it plays and sounds compared to the cost. A boutique guitar can give you high end components and a guitar that is different from the crowd.
Body Material: Alder Body
Body Details: Solid three piece alder body under a sunburst finish.
Neck Material: Maple Neck
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood Fingerboard
Neck Profile: Medium C-Shape
Neck Thickness (IN): 1st fret: .9″ / 12th: .87″
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25
Nut Width: 1-5/8 in
Neck Details: One piece maple neck with a bound rosewood veneer board, center pearloid dot inlays, and truss adjustment at the headstock.
Electronics: Lead volume, lead tone, pickup on/off slide switches, tone slide switch, lead/rhythm switch, rhythm volume and tone thumbwheels. – Original wiring with pot codes dating to 1965.
Pickup Measurements: Bridge: 7.8 kΩ / Neck: 7.6 kΩ
Hardware: Original chrome/nickel hardware. – Trem arm included in case.
Weight: 8 lbs 1.4 oz
Modifications / Repairs: n/a
Case: Hardshell Case
One of the most tone-obsessed and particular artists of the last several decades, Eric Johnson is know for his attention to detail when it comes to gear. His signature Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster reflects that, with pickups voiced specifically to his specifications and small details like an absent rear cover plate to improve resonance. This Strat is ready to push through soaring gain and fuzz with epic reverb and chime through the cleanest chorus sounds. Play one and you’ll understand why this is one of the most popular artist models Fender makes.
The Fender Stratocaster is arguably the most iconic, most played, and most copied electric guitar design of all-time. Fender launched the Strat in 1954, and the model evolved throughout the ’50s and ’60s. With the CBS purchase of Fender in 1965, the classic era of Strat production ended.
Years of Production: 1954 – present
Body Style: Solidbody, double cutaway
Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with veeneer Rosewood fingerboard
Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 3 single-coil pickups, 3-way pickup selector
Notable Players: Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour
The legendary Ted McCarty, President of Gibson during the era, felt the ES-335 was right behind the Les Paul solidbody as his most important body design.
“I came up with the idea of putting a solid block of maple in an acoustic model… it would get some of the same tone as a regular solidbody, plus the instrument’s hollow wings would vibrate and we’d get a combination of an electric solidbody and a hollowbody guitar.” –Ted McCarty in an interview with Gil Hembree