Now here is a very special top-shelf Fender USA Strat, made out of an American Original 50s series maple neck, Eric Johnson signature alder body and Custom Shop pickups! While maintaining the feel and the look of a true 50s Stratocaster this guitar has several features that makes it more user-friendly and easier to play comparing to the original. Fender calls this unique colour Lucerne Aqua Firemist - and it was only available on a limited run of Eric Johnson signature Stratocasters. Production model originally only came with a rosewood fretboard neck.

 

Resonant alder body is finished in thin nitrocellulose lacquer that helps the wood resonate better and will also age very gracefully, just like a 50s Strat. Original SSS body cavities are untouched, and there is no structural damage. Parchment white 3-ply '59 style scratchplate and aged white pickup covers and knobs look beautiful and really compliment the colour, that is somewhere between blue and green, like a deep turquoise ocean.

 

Eric Johnson signature body is paired with a brand new one-piece Fender American Original 50s maple neck, that has impeccable attention to detail, bringing both the looks and the playability to the next level thanks to very comfortable rolled in fretboard edges. Neck has a very lovely D-shape back profile that will appeal to most players that don't like slim necks. More modern 9.5-inch fretboard radius allows for easier bending and vintage width tall frets are truly user-friendly. Classic small headstock with vintage-accurate over-the-lacquer "Spaghetti" decal, vintage slotted chrome tuners and truss-rod adjuster at the heel complete the vintage vibe.

 

Guitar comes in stunning condition with just a few tiny dings on the body and some typical for this thin nitro finish wear near the neck plate and the treble side of the neck pocket. 

 

Electric voice is provided by a set of Fender's most popular high-end pickups - the notorious Custom Shop Texas Specials. These are built according to true 50s specs and give fat and punchy yet detailed tones. Bridge pickup is overwound for all those searing solos and middle pickup is reverse-wound and reverse polarity so you can have hum-free operation in positions 2 and 4. Very balanced EQ on these pickups made them fan favourites over the last 20 years of production.

 

Wiring consists of CTS USA A250K vintage style "dimple" pots and Oak Grisby USA 5-way switch. Staying true to the original design all wires are cloth-covered, but unlike the original 1950s Strat Tone 2 is wired to control treble roll off on both middle and bridge pickups (original Strats had no treble control on the trebliest bridge pickup). To get the maximum versatility out of the pickups we've used a Russian military spec paper-in-oil 0.047uf tone capacitor, that gives beautiful harmonics and gradual treble roll-off without any unnecessary mud.

 

Tremolo has a thick baseplate and a vintage style cold rolled steel tremolo block and vintage width "Pat Pend" steel saddles. "Does this guitar come with a tremolo cavity cover?" - you may ask. Eric Johnson is against any extra plastic on his Strats, so he specifically asked Fender to skip drilling the holes for the back cover, which makes his guitars instantly recognizable.

 

This Strat will come in a very sturdy made in UK Hiscox hardcase, that has black exterior and red plush interior and accessories compartment.

 

This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body cleaning, body polish, neck deep clean, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment. Restringed with D'addario 10-46 Nickel-plated steel strings.

 

Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference and we cannot give any guarantees. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.

 

We make sure that every guitar we sell is problem free and take full responsibility for the accuracy of our listing descriptions. All photographs are done by a professional photographer and processed on a calibrated monitor. Some colours might look slightly different on your monitor, but we will always put the official Fender colour name in the listing description, so please study pictures of other guitars with the same colour if you are unsure. We focus on finding great quality guitars and making them reliable and inspiring to play.

 

This guitar will be shipped around UK and EU with Parcelforce courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided to UK customers. Worldwide shipping provided as well.

Fender Stratocaster - American Vintage Reissue Eric Johnson - Aqua Firemist

£1,495.00Price
  • SPECS:

    MODEL: Fender American Original 50s Stratocaster

    COLOUR: Lucerne Aqua Firemist nitrocellulose finish

    PICKGUARD: 3-ply parchment white

    KNOBS: parchment white

    NECK: Fender American Original 50s one-piece nitro vintage-tint D-shape maple neck (Fender part nr. 7710898-970), rolled in fretboard edges, vintage-accurate over-the-lacquer logo decal

    NUT: bone

    FRETBOARD: maple, 9.5-inch radius, gloss nitro finish

    FRETS: 21 vintage tall frets with no wear

    TUNERS: vintage style slotted tuners

    BODY: Fender USA Eric Johnson signature two-piece alder body (Fender part nr. 0068928-399), original SSS body routing, thin nitrocellulose finish

    TOTAL WEIGHT: 3,7 kg

    TREMOLO: Fender American Original "Pat Pend" 6-point vintage style bridge, bent steel vintage width saddles, full-size cold rolled steel tremolo block, 3 springs, no backplate

    WEAR: no neck wear, couple of very small dings on the body, light tremolo patina, nitro finish wear near the neck plate and on the treble side of the neck pocket

    PICKUPS: Fender USA Custom Shop Texas Specials single-coil pickups with Alnico V staggered magnets, enamel wire, black fibre bobbins, cloth-covered wires and overwound bridge pickup for extra power 

    WIRING: Oak Grisby USA 5-way switch, CTS USA A250K "dimple" vintage style pots, Russian military spec 0.047uf paper-in-oil capacitor, Switchcraft output jack, cloth wiring

    HARDCASE: Hiscox made in UK hardcase with red plush interior and accessories compartment

    ACCESSORIES: Fender bumper sticker, nitrocellulose lacquer finish care manual, hang-tags

  • DISCLAIMER

    Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference and we cannot give any guarantees. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.

    We make sure that every guitar we sell is problem-free and take full responsibility for the accuracy of our listing descriptions. All photographs are done by a professional photographer and processed on a calibrated monitor. Some colours might look slightly different on your monitor, but we will always put the official Fender colour name in the listing description, so please study pictures of other guitars with the same colour if you are unsure. We focus on finding great quality guitars and making them reliable and inspiring to play.