NGD! 2015 Eric Johnson Stratocaster

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by lovehifi, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. lovehifi

    lovehifi Strat-O-Master

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    I had sold my maple neck 2005 EJ a while back and regretted it ever since. So a couple of weeks ago I ordered the rosewood model and have bonded with it and really like it. So much so I decided to add another maple neck EJ to the family. I like the subtle differences between the maple and rosewood versions. To me, and this is subjective, the rosewood pickups seem a tad hotter and the tone a little warmer. The maple has more bell like tones and is a little brighter. I love both. Funny because I rarely even listen to Eric Johnson even though he is a great guitar player and artist. I bought these strictly because I really like the guitars, the pickups and the way the necks feel. Luckily I am not experiencing any sticky neck type problems on the maple neck. Both resonate and sound and play fantastic. The new maple EJ came perfectly set up and I wont change a thing except I may add a three ply parchment or mint green pickguard. Not a big fan of single ply pickguards. Sorry vintage purist. Any way here are a couple of pics. Oh and I will give a mention that the guys over at Sweetwater were fantastic and very helpful.
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    srvsayce78 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Very nice.
     
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    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member

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    What a lovely couple, HNGD
     
  4. SAguitar

    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    You have arrived, Congratulations!
     
  5. Jonny Hotnuts

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    Just fantastic.


    I will admit my EJ neck felt a little sticky when the guitar was new, it was really hot and I had a sweaty hand; a little talc on the neck took care of any stickiness and its never felt sticky since.


    Its interesting to hear you comparisons betwixt the two; the pickups 'should' be the same.
    Just for kicks one day you should swap the necks and see if the tonal differences follow the necks or stay with the body/pups.

    Congrats, I cant say enough good things about the EJ.

    ~JH
     
  6. winemaker

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    Congrats! Nice pair! I mean...

    I have the blonde one and love it. I put a mint guard on it for a while then switched back. It was ok, but not great imo. When I get home I'll post a pic with the mint guard on for you. Have fun playing with your pair. I mean...
     
  7. lovehifi

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    Thanks that would be great. I was thinking parchment as well because of the maple. Would love to see what the mint looks like though.
     
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    winemaker Strat-Talker

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    Here you go:

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  9. lovehifi

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    Thanks for the picture. Actually looks pretty good to me.
     
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    Bladesg Funk Meister Silver Member

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    Beautiful! Enjoy
     
  11. winemaker

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    Yeah, like I said it wasn't bad, I just preferred the white. The trick will be to find a 3-ply mint with just 8 holes. I ordered mine from EY Guitar Parts. It came from China but is decent quality and the mint green was more subtle than many are. More like Fender's.
     
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    It's not just in your head. The pickups in the turquoise one are wound slightly hotter.
     
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    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

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    You lucky dog. Two beauties!
     
  14. Percy

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    Great score....Imo Signature strats are the biggest bang for your buck.....nice strat....
     
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  15. lovehifi

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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    do you remember what the string gauges were on the 2005? I can’t find that special anywhere I’m pretty sure was 10-52 but wanted to know the exact sizes of each string for a project I’m doing. Anyone?
     
  17. catsandstrats

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    Very nice! I love the look of the blonde/maple EJ Strats.

    In my experience with new nitro necks the stickiness goes away after a while of playing it. Since you picked up a used one that might have already been done for you :)

    Anywho, enjoy it!
     
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    I think the EJ strats are some of the best guitars Fender have made, if only I could afford one. Maybe one day.

    They look great, well done.
     
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    All EJ’s come from Fender with 10-46 gauge, not 10-52 like EJ uses.
     
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    Very pretty Strats there!!