A Re-creation of Eric Johnson’s Vibe-packed ’54 “Virginia” Strat
To guitarists and music aficionados (including those at Sweetwater), few modern axemen are as revered as Eric Johnson. Known for his unique, genre-hopping style, matchless virtuosity, and relentless tone chasing, Eric knows how to spot a great-sounding and soul-inspiring guitar. Looking back over his lifetime as a guitar connoisseur, certain instruments stand out to Eric for their sound, playability, and other intangible qualities impossible to define. One such guitar was Eric’s 1954 “Virginia” Strat, which had a starring role in Eric’s Grammy-winning albums Tones and Ah Via Musicom. The 1954 “Virginia” Strat was a gem among Eric’s collection, featuring a rare sassafras body, maple neck, a gorgeous nitrocellulose lacquer finish, and customized electronics, designed to produce a sublime vintage tone with a clarity fit for Eric’s intricate fretwork. Released as part of The Fender Stories Collection, the Eric Johnson 1954 “Virginia” Stratocaster is loving replication of one of Eric’s favorite guitars, and it’s one you’re sure to love, too.
Sublime tonewood combination
1950s Fender Stratocasters are known for their ash bodies. However, in some of the early 1954 runs (of which Eric Johnson’s 1954 “Virginia” Strat was a part), sassafras entered the mix. Sonically similar to mahogany and walnut, sassafras has creamy mids and lows and a shimmering high end with superb note separation. Moving on from the body — the guitar’s single-piece maple neck contributes a strong fundamental tone and crisp articulation, and its Soft “V” shape sinks into your hand for an exceptionally comfortable feel. To cement the classic vibe and vintage aesthetic of this superb instrument, both body and neck are finished in gloss nitrocellulose lacquer — just like they would have been in 1954.
Number of Strings 6
Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster
Body Material 2-Piece Offset Sassafras
Body Finish Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Color 2-Tone Sunburst
Neck Material 1-Piece Maple
Neck Shape Soft V
Neck Joint Bolt-on
Fingerboard Material Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dots
Number of Frets 21, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.625"
Nut Material Plastic
Bridge/Tailpiece 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Neck Pickup Original '57/'62 Strat Single-coil
Middle Pickup Original '57/'62 Strat Single-coil
Bridge Pickup DiMarzio HS-2 Single-coil
Controls 1 x master volume, 2 x tone
Switching 5-way blade pickup switch
Strings Fender, .010-.046
Case/Gig Bag Hardshell Case
Manufacturer Part Number: 0117442803