Fender introduce the Eric Johnson Thinline Stratocaster signature model – the first-ever semi-hollowbody Strat that still maintains the guitar’s classic contours. Made in close collaboration with Johnson, the aim was to make a lightweight, resonant guitar that cross-breeds the tones of his favourite guitars like the hollow body 1964 Gibson ES-335, and his solidbody signature Stratocaster…

“Fender have done Thinline Stratocasters in the past but they were always flat top. Eric Johnson challenged Fender to make a Thinline Strat that had proper Strat contours. Eric experimented with a lot of different woods but it ended up being an Alder top over an Alder body so it’s all-Alder. Once he had decided that, it’s basically an Eric Johnson signature Stratocaster with a thinline body. It has his custom pickups, the vintage tuners that are staggered with no string trees, no screw-holes to mount the backplate. Every little fine detail that the Eric Johnson Strat is so this guitar is but with the added benefit of the beautiful aesthetic. The acoustic f-hole actually warms up the tone a little bit” – Alan Abassi, Fender Senior Product Manager

“It’s basically the same [as the EJ signature solidbody Strat] except we made the hollowbody but it’s solid through the middle and hollow on the outsides with certain woods and a certain place we put the f-hole and a certain width of the solidbody. This is really going for a certain addition of sound that we already had on the solidbody but we just wanted to retrieve a little bit of that breathing quality. I started thinking about it a few years ago – it would be cool to cross-breed a semi-hollowbody guitar with a Strat because a Strat is a home-base kind of instrument to me but I thought it would be neat to try some aspects of other guitars in this – that was kind of the idea” – Eric Johnson

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Fender Eric Johnson Signature Thinline Stratocaster Vintage White
  • Series: Artist Series
  • Body material: Semi-Hollow Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: Soft “V” shape
  • Neck finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Radius: 12” (305 mm)
  • Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo narrow/tall
  • Position inlays: Black dots
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Nut width): 1.650” (42 mm)
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style staggered
  • Scale length: 25.5” (648 mm)
  • Number of Pickups: 3
  • Pickups (Bridge/Middle/Neck): specially-voiced Eric Johnson Single-Coil with counter-sunk mounting screws
  • Pickup configuration: SSS
  • Active/Passive: Passive
  • 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)
  • Control Knobs: aged White
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle vintage-style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Tuners: Vintage-Style staggered
  • Pickguard: 1-ply Parchment
  • Hardware finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Colors: Vintage White, 2-Tone Sunburst
  • Country manufactured: USA
  • Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)

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