Fender Stories Collection Eric Johnson 1954 “Virginia” Stratocaster® – 2 Tone Sunburst
The Fender Stories Collection pays tribute to legendary musicians, their beloved modified Fender electric guitars and the extraordinary music they created together.
Eric Johnson already had his 1954 “Virginia” Stratocaster® when he recorded Tones* and the Platinum Ah Via Musicom**, groundbreaking albums that made him a hero to music fans and guitarists alike. To this day, Eric continues to release brilliant music, tour constantly and is, to the electric guitar community, a savant and widely followed tastemaker. In 2020, for the first time, Eric’s 1954 Virginia Stratocaster will be replicated by both Fender Custom Shop and the Fender Corona Production line in limited numbers. With its rare rift/quartersawn sassafras body, lacquer finish, custom wiring and more, the Eric Johnson 1954 Virginia Stratocaster will thrill players and collectors alike with its distinctive look and exceptional tone.
*(1987 Grammy nominated for best Rock Instrumental Performance)
**(1991 Grammy for best Rock Instrumental Performance)
-Two-piece, offset-seam sassafrass body
-“Soft V”-shaped maple neck; 12”-radius fingerboard with 21 jumbo frets
-DiMarzio® HS2 bridge pickup; Fender ’57/62 single-coil Strat® middle and neck pickups
-Custom wiring and artist-specific setup
-Includes G&G tweed hardshell case and Certificate of Authenticity
*TWO-PIECE SASSAFRAS BODY
A rare tone wood, Sassafras has a distinctive, fine-grained appearance and produces silky tone with focused midrange.
*CUSTOM PICKUP CONFIGURATION
Combining a DiMarzio HS-2 stacked humbucking pickup with a pair of Fender 57/62 pickups, this guitar has Johnson’s unique tone while offering plenty of variety.
The middle and neck pickups are out of phase with the bridge pickup, giving you Johnson’s unique “koto” tone in position two.
*CUSTOM MAPLE NECK
The comfortable “Soft V”-shaped neck provides clear tone, while the 12”-radius makes it easier to solo.
A period-correct touch, the lacquer finish lets wood breathe while wearing in a distinctive way.
*VINTAGE-STYLE TUNING MACHINES
Vintage-style tuning machines offer solid, stable tuning with era-correct style.
Body Material:2-Piece Offset Seam Sassafras
Body Finish:Gloss Lacquer
Neck Material:1-Piece Maple
Neck Finish:Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape:Soft “V”
Scale Length:25.5″ (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius:12″ (305 mm)
Number of Frets:21
Nut Width:1.625″ (41.3 mm)
Position Inlays:Black Dot
Truss Rod:Vintage-Style Butt Adjust
Bridge Pickup:DiMarzio® HS-2™ DP116 (Only Top-Coil Active)
Middle Pickup:Original ’57/’62 Single-Coil Strat®
Neck Pickup:Original ’57/’62 Single-Coil Strat®
Controls:Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge 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
Bridge:6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Control Knobs:Aged White Plastic
Neck Plate:4-Bolt Custom
Strings:Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
Case/Gig Bag:Deluxe Tweed Hardshell