Crafting a thinline Strat is something Fender has seldom done in its history, but in the Eric Johnson Thinline Stratocaster they have captured a beautiful marriage between a semi-hollow body and the classic guitar design! Johnson is famous in guitar circles for questing for his ideal tone—liquid and articulate, it perfectly complements the playing style that earned his place in the modern guitar pantheon. In 2015 he approached Fender to collaborate on a guitar that combined his favorite semi-hollowbody guitars and his Strats. The results are tonally and visually stunning!
We finished the custom-chambered body with nitrocellulose lacquer, allowing the wood to breathe with character. The three single-coil Stratocaster pickups were specially voiced to meet Johnson’s specifications, and are mounted to the semi-hollow, two-piece alder body with countersunk screws for even more vibration transfer. The comfortable ’57 Soft V-shaped quartersawn maple neck bears a 12 inch-radius maple fingerboard and 21 medium-jumbo frets for enhanced playability.
Other custom features include a vintage-style tremolo with silver-painted block, ’57-style string recesses, thin headstock with vintage-style staggered tuning machines, ’57-style parchment pickguard and ashtray bridge cover.
An R&D tour de force, the Eric Johnson Stratocaster Thinline is the first semi-hollow Strat that combines custom chambers with traditional Stratocaster arm and body contours.