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Fender Eric Johnson Virginia ’54 Stratocaster Sunburst


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Here we have the new Fender Eric Johnson Virginia ’54 Stratocaster! Part of the new ‘Stories collection’, this model duplicates Eric Johnson’s 1954 Strat including the modifications he had made over years of use.

The Fender Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster at first glance appears like many others, but a closer look reveals significant differences. Most US-made Fender bodies, especially during the 1950’s, were built of Alder or Swamp Ash. This one uses quarter or rift-sawn Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), paired with the usual one-piece Maple neck with Walnut ‘Skunk Stripe’. Another notable change is the bridge pickup being a DiMarzio HS-2, capable of running in hum-cancelling mode, while the neck and middle pickups are Original ’57/’62 Single-Coil Strat® models.

The Fender EJ Virginia 1954 Stratocaster is sold with the original rectangular tweed hard shell case.

Here’s the builder on the Fender Eric Johnson Virginia 1954 Stratocaster:

“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)

Fender Eric Johnson Virginia ’54 Stratocaster Specifications:

  • Color: 2-Color Sunburst
  • Country Of Origin: US
  • Orientation: Right-Hand
  • Series: Artist
  • Fingerboard Material: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12″ (305 mm)
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple
  • Neck Shape: Soft “V”
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • Nut Material: Plastic
  • Nut Width: 1.625″ (41.3 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot
  • String Nut: Plastic
  • Truss Rod: Vintage-Style Butt Adjust
  • Body: 2-Piece Offset Seam Sassafras
  • Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Body Material: 2-Piece Offset Seam Sassafras
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Saddle Height Wrench: .050″ Hex (Allen) Wrench
  • Control Knobs: Aged White Plastic
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Custom
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Eggshell
  • Strap Buttons: Vintage-Style
  • String Trees: Single Wing with Nylon Spacer
  • Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
  • Tremolo Arm: American Vintage
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio® HS-2™ DP116 (Only Top-Coil Active)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
  • Middle Pickup: Original ’57/’62 Single-Coil Strat®
  • Neck Pickup: Original ’57/’62 Single-Coil Strat®
  • Pickup Configuration: SSS
  • Potentiometers: 375K (Volume), 250K (Tone)
  • 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


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  • Model: Eric Johnson 1954 Virginia
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Two-Tone Sunburst Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New, VA00788 shown. Built 2021 in Corona, CA.
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 31/08/2021

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.668lbs 3.94kg
  • Scale Length: 25.5in 647.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.625in 41.3mm
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