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
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.
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.