'Half Way Up The Stairs...' Well, It Made A Star of Kermit, Now It's My Turn...
After years of continual consumer and retailer requests, Fender have announced the introduction of the long-awaited Eric Johnson Signature Model Stratocaster guitar. The brainchild of Johnson himself, this new model is designed with Eric’s own personal features and preferences, and it is made possible because of his expressed desire to give something back to the collectors, players and, especially, the fans who have supported him throughout his career.
Said Mike Tonn, Marketing Manager for Fender Electric Guitars, “Eric Johnson has been at the forefront of innovative guitar playing for years. He’s enjoyed an amazingly successful career that is still going strong, and along the way, he has amassed an incredibly devoted fan base that has literally been begging us to make a guitar with Eric’s name on it, and built to his exact specifications.We’re thrilled to be able to offer this new Signature Model guitar. Not just for the guitar players who have wanted this model, but to be able to honor the musical body of work that Eric has given to the world.”
The new guitar has a light 2-piece alder body dressed in a very thin nitro cellulous lacquer finish with a 1-piece quarter-sawn maple neck which sports a 12 inch fingerboard radius, 21 highly polished frets, and a soft “V” neck profile.
Additional features include staggered vintage style machine heads, thus eliminating the need for a string tree, custom pickups with countersink screws and wound to Eric’s specifications, and highly contoured body and neck.
The guitar also comes with a parchment ’57 style pickguard, 5-Way Switch, Master Volume, Neck Tone and Bridge Tone controls, and a Vintage Tremolo with 4 tremolo springs, silver painted block and ’57 style string recess with no paint between base plate and the block.
The guitar is available in four different finish options, including White Blonde, Two-Color Sunburst, Candy Apple Red and Black.