Fender USA Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline Semi-Hollow Body 2 Tone Sunburst

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  • Bringing to life the vision of one of the most respected guitarists in the world, the Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline is the perfect marriage between a semi-hollow body and a traditional Stratocaster. Johnson’s search for his ideal tone is famous in guitar circles. Liquid and articulate, the sound perfectly complements the...
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  • Model: Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline
  • Body Wood: Alder
  • Finish Color: 2 Tone Sunburst
  • Fingerboard: Maple
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Fender USA Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline Semi-Hollow Body 2 Tone Sunburst

Bringing to life the vision of one of the most respected guitarists in the world, the Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline is the perfect marriage between a semi-hollow body and a traditional Stratocaster. Johnson’s search for his ideal tone is famous in guitar circles. Liquid and articulate, the sound perfectly complements the playing style that earned his place in the modern guitar pantheon.

“A wider aperture of tonal performance from an instrument.” - Eric Johnson

THE NEXT STEP IN EJ’S TONE QUEST

How Eric Johnson combined his beloved solid-body Stratocaster with aspects of his favorite semi-hollow body guitars.

Eric Johnson has long been known as a consummate tone-seeker. The Texas guitarist began playing at a young age, influenced by not only the rock ferocity of Jimi Hendrix and the bluesy soul of Albert King, but also such diverse artists as Chet Atkins and the Beatles.

By the time Johnson was in his mid-teens, he had forged a style all his own. With uncanny feel, incredibly sensitive ear and a symbiotic relationship with his guitar, it was a liquid, articulate and incomparable sound instantly recognizable as “EJ’s.”

Over the years, a big part of that equation has been a traditional Fender Stratocaster, which Johnson would use on such hits as “Cliffs of Dover” and “Manhattan.” Still, as he continued to tour and create new musical masterpieces, Johnson was recently looking to expand his palette.

Over the years, a big part of that equation has been a traditional Fender Stratocaster, which Johnson would use on such hits as “Cliffs of Dover” and “Manhattan.” Still, as he continued to tour and create new musical masterpieces, Johnson was recently looking to expand his palette.
“What I noticed about a semi-hollow body guitar is as you’re playing it, it’s almost like there’s a give and take of the resonation,” the Grammy Award winner said. “You play the note, it comes out, and then it kind of resonates back into the guitar through the chambers. As you’re playing, you feel this fluxing of energy where it inhales and exhales.”

Enter the Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline. A perfect marriage between a semi-hollow body and traditional Stratocaster, this new namesake model is a lightweight, resonant instrument that has already opened Johnson’s tone to more possibilities.

Johnson initially approached Fender in 2015 with the idea of adding an F hole to his beloved Strat to add some of the vibe he gets from his favorite semi-hollow body guitars. To his trained ear, there was a delicate balance between the alder body being too solid and too hollow. One direction might be too biting for his discerning taste, while the other might be too warm. But after months of collaboration with Fender, EJ was quite pleased with the outcome.

Johnson initially approached Fender in 2015 with the idea of adding an F hole to his beloved Strat to add some of the vibe he gets from his favorite semi-hollow body guitars. To his trained ear, there was a delicate balance between the alder body being too solid and too hollow. One direction might be too biting for his discerning taste, while the other might be too warm. But after months of collaboration with Fender, EJ was quite pleased with the outcome.
In addition to the custom chambers in the body, EJ’s Stratocaster Thinline also boasts his signature single-coil Stratocaster pickups, a custom “Soft V”-shaped neck, no rear tremolo cover and a breathable nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

“There’s kind of an energy feedback thing that happens from that little bit of hollow bodies,” he said. “So we experimented with trying to find just the right amount of solid wood through the middle. It would still kind of give you that punch and that midrange that a solid body does, but leave enough of that regeneration to when you play it. You can feel that.”

To Johnson, everything comes together in his signature Stratocaster Thinline—the next step in his never-ending tone quest. “The Strat’s been around a long time, and it is such an icon of an instrument,” he said.

FEATURES
ModelEric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline
BuilderFender USA
Year2018
Body TypeSemi-Hollow Body
Body WoodAlder
Finish TypeGloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Finish Color2 Tone Sunburst
Back FinishGloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck WoodMaple
FingerboardMaple
Neck CarveSoft "V"
Scale Length25.5"
Neck Radius12"
Frets21 - Medium Jumbo
Nut Width1.650"
Nut MaterialBone
Neck FinishGloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
InlaysBlack Dots
Side DotsBlack Dots
HeadstockVintage Fender
Neck PickupSpecially Voiced Eric Johnson Single-Coil with Countersunk Mounting Screws
Middle PickupSpecially Voiced Eric Johnson Single-Coil with Countersunk Mounting Screws
Bridge PickupSpecially Voiced Eric Johnson Single-Coil with Countersunk Mounting Screws
Pickguard1-Ply Parchment
HardwareNickel/Chrome
Bridge6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
TunersVintage-Style Staggered
ControlsMaster Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Electronics5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle
ExtrasThree Eric Johnson single-coil Stratocaster pickups
Case Deluxe Blonde Hardshell with Black Ends (Black Interior)
Weight7.00 Pounds