Review: Fender Eric Johnson Thinline

5 thoughts on “Review: Fender Eric Johnson Thinline”

  1. I see now the guitar is not white and is perhaps how they describe as a Blonde. Interesting review of it, but for me if I was not happy or comfortable with the guitar in the first place, no way would I be keeping it.

    1. I am very happy with the guitar because of its sound. I am not looking only for comfort, otherwise there had been many alternatives in this price-range. I was more looking for a distinctive tone and I am willing to adjust to get that tone. At last I don’t believe there is something like the perfect guitar. If I would be not happy, I would also not keep it

  2. As usual your thoughts are interesting and well articulated. I had long wanted a Stratocaster but was unsure about which model from the extensive Fender range would be best suited for my needs. In the end, having listened to several comparisons between USA and Mexican made guitars, I was persuaded that a Mexican Standard Stratocaster would be more than adequate for my requirements. As a hobby musician with a limited budget and no intention of playing or recording at a professional level, anything more expensive would have felt like an unjustifiable indulgence. With that in mind I set about searching Ebay for the cheapest second hand Strat with a maple fretboard I could find. Bidding raised the price a little but I was able to find one local to me that came well within my budget of £300 and that I could see for myself before I parted with any money. It may have been blind luck, or just that I’m easily satisfied, but the first note I played rang out with a clarity and sustain which amazed me. The guitar was a keeper from that moment on. It didn’t matter at all that it looked like it had been stored in a garage without a case for several years. The neck was true, if a little worn, and I could lower the action a little, a higher action suits me, without compromising the tone too much. At a little under 3.5 kilos it’s by no means a heavy guitar, but the neck is a chunky C shape, and I imagine the source of much of the tone I like. The small frets suit my clumsy fingers and I find I prefer the 9.5 inch radius fretboard to the flatter profiles I have on my other guitars. It is strung with ten gauge strings. I like the extra tension and resistance, perhaps because it reminds me more of my acoustic guitar, and as I don’t bend more than half a step this causes me no problems. The bridge is floating with three springs attached. With the aid of digital technology I can get just about any tone I want from it, but playing fast suits neither of us, and we are both happiest with clean jazzy or bluesy sounds.

    1. A high price tag does not mean, that you will get a better guitar. While in the 80s cheaper guitars from China were unplayable, you can get meanwhile very decent instruments from China. Fender’s Squier-line often gets raving reviews and I am sure your mexican Strat play even in another league. After years of buying and selling electric guitars I decide to buy not only from aplayer’s view, but also from a collector’s perspective. Therefore higher priced guitars become more attractive. Regarding playability I prefer a flat fingerboard-radius, which is more comfortable for bendings and more technical styles of playing.

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