2018 Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster (w/P90s) Electric Guitar

This is a nice, US-made, Eric Johnson Strat but this time the twist is that the owner wanted a loaded Lollar P90 pickguard fit. He wired it up himself but needed the body routed for the P90s. That always takes a lot longer than you'd expect to navigate routing without destroying the real estate, but the job turned-out nice and I'm happy to report everything went as planned.

Post-surgery, it's a great, lightweight, responsive, excellent-sounding guitar. Lollar P90s always sound a little more chimey and clean (to me, anyway) than the average off-the-shelf Alnico P90 sound and you can hear it in full with this guitar on a clean setting. Pushed a little bit, you hear more of the snarl and snap that you'd expect out of a P90.

The semihollow build of this guitar suits the P90s, too. It has an almost '50s-profile neck to boot, so it suits the territory.

I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of these semihollow Strat builds -- they're classy, handle beautifully, and look the biz. The owner's decided to put it up for sale, though, as he has three of these and keeps veering into Telecaster territory -- so the ToneQuest is on!

Repairs included: fitting of Lollar P90s (routing), mild cleaning and wiring fixes, and setup.

Body wood: alder

Bridge: trad 6-saddle

Fretboard: maple

Neck wood: maple

Pickups: 2x Lollar P90s Alnico

Action height at 12th fret: 1/16" overall (fast)
String gauges: 46w-10

Neck shape: medium-bigger C

Board radius: 9 1/2"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium/slightly bigger

Scale length: 25 1/2"

Nut width: 1 5/8"

Body width: 12 3/4"

Body depth: 1 3/4"

Weight: 6 lbs 14 oz

Condition notes: it's a lightly-used guitar and, of course, has the modified pickguard and routing to accept the pickups. There's a solder burn next to the jack plate (not mine!) and some hairline weather-checking to the nitro finish around it and the lower bout, too. There's a little playwear on the body as well but overall it's pretty clean. My new routes are clean and sized just to fit the P90s so a normal pickguard will drop back in with no issues if desired. The owner still has the original loaded pickguard, too, so that could be remounted if desired as well, but as it sits does not come with the guitar at the moment. The mounting screws for the bridge P90 did slightly puncture the rout for the springs on the rear, but I patched them up gently and then cut them down a little so it wouldn't happen in the future.

It comes with: an original hard G&G case in great shape.


CM said…
If only guitars could speak, in the Common Tongue they'd say "They come with routers, they come with chisels... gnawing, biting, breaking, hacking, burning! Destroyers and usurpers, curse them!

At least that's what mine would say......