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Fender Eric Johnson RW Strat Specs- Compare to Maple Original

Review Rosewood EJ Strats for sale


UPDATED FOR 2010 Models!
(all prices/specs subject to change)
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Besides the bound rosewood fretboard, the newest Eric Johnson RW was supposed to have a hotter bridge pickup (according to the EJ interview vids at Harmony Central). NAMM '09 Fender booth video at bottom indicates maple & rosewood ended up utilizing the same pickups.

JAN 28, 09 NOTE: ALL PICKUPS ARE IDENTICAL BETWEEN RW & MAPLE MODELS. The pickup specs, specifically the BRIDGE pickups, have NOT changed. An original 2005 EJ Maple has the same pups as a new EJ RW. Special thanks to Steve at Wildwood Guitars for confirming bridge pickup clarification with factory, who also indicated that the EJ RW development involved several pickup configurations, but in the end the original config. was utilized.

Below are 2 specs charts which differentiate specs between the original maple Fender EJ Artist model and the latest rosewood version:


ORIGINAL MAPLE: (all prices/specs subject to change)

2010 Pricing
msrp: $2599.99 (Fender.com)street: $1899.99 (musician's friend*)


# Colors - (801)White Blonde, (803)2-Color Sunburst, (806)Black, (809)Candy Apple Red (Thin Nitrocellulose Lacquer)
# Body - 2-Piece Alder, Deep Contoured, '57 Style Lightweight
# Neck - 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple, Soft V Shape, Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
# Fingerboard - Maple, 12" Radius
# Number of Frets - 21 Highly Polished Medium Jumbo Frets
# Pickups - 3 Specially Voiced Eric Johnson Single Coil Pickups With Countersunk Mounting Screws


PRE-2010:
# Controls - Master Volume, Tone 1(Neck PU), Tone 2 (Middle & Bridge PU)

# 2010 Controls CHANGE:

Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
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


# Pickup Switching - 5-Position Blade
# Bridge - American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
# Machine Heads - Fender/Gotoh® Staggered Vintage Style Tuning Machines
# Hardware - Nickel/Chrome
# Pickguard - 1-Ply Parchment (8-Hole)
# Scale Length - 25.5"
# Width at Nut - 1.650"
# Unique Features - Quartersawn Maple Neck, 12" Radius Maple Fingerboard, Extra Smooth Neck To Headstock Volute, Special Neckplate With Engraved EJ and Kokopelli, 2-Piece Deep Contoured '57 Style Lightweight Alder Body, 1957 Style Body Cavities, 12" Radius Fingerboard, Pearloid Dot Inlay Position Markers, 5 Tremolo Springs And No Back Tremolo Cover Plate
# Strings - Fender Super 250R Nickel Plated Steel 10-46
# Accessories - Strap, Cable, "Ash Tray Bridge Cover"
# Case - Deluxe Blonde Hard Case

NEW RW (ROSEWOOD) MODEL: (all prices/specs subject to change)
msrp: $2699.99 (FMIC Frontline 2009 cat.)
street: $1999.99 (Musician's Friend)
EJ RW Performance Video (Fender NAMM '09 Anaheim)

# Colors - (854)Dakota Red, (897)Tropical Turquoise, (898)Medium Palomino Metallic, (899) Lucerne Aqua Firemist (Thin-Skin Nitrocellulose Lacquer)
# Body - 2-Piece Alder, Deep Contoured, '57 Style Lightweight
# Neck - Quartersawn Maple, Soft V Shape, Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
# Fingerboard - Bound Round Laminated Rosewood, 12" Radius
# Number of Frets - 21 Highly Polished Medium Jumbo Frets
# Pickups - 3 Specially Voiced Eric Johnson Single Coil Pickups With Countersunk Mounting Screws

PRE-2010:
# Controls - Master Volume, Tone 1(Neck PU), Tone 2 (Middle & Bridge PU)

# 2010 Controls CHANGE:

Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
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


# Pickup Switching - 5-Position Blade
# Bridge - American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
# Machine Heads - Fender/Gotoh® Staggered Vintage Style Tuning Machines
# Hardware - Nickel/Chrome
# Pickguard - 3-Ply Parchment (8-Hole)
# Scale Length - 25.5"
# Width at Nut - 1.650"
# Unique Features - Quartersawn Maple Neck, Bound Round Laminated Rosewood Fingerboard, Extra Smooth Neck To Headstock Volute, Special Neckplate With Engraved EJ and Kokopelli, 2-Piece Deep Contoured '57 Style Lightweight Alder Body, 1957 Style Body Cavities, 12" Radius Fingerboard, Pearloid Dot Inlay Position Markers, 5 Tremolo Springs And No Back Tremolo Cover Plate
# Strings - Fender Super 250R Nickel Plated Steel 10-46
# Accessories - Strap, Cable, "Ash Tray Bridge Cover"
# Case - Deluxe Blonde Hard Case

Differences are in RED. Stay tuned for clarifications as available.

Ultimately, they only differ in: 1) Color options, 2) Pickguard ply & 3) Fretboard option. Please feel free to comment below with any additional spec references.

*Pricing info. from Musician's Friend
Specs & photo by: Guitar HotLine
General Specs at Fender.com







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