Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster

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Eric Johnson, Stratocaster electric guitar, sassafras body, maple neck, Fender Original '57/'62 single-coil, DiMarzio HS-2  All product info

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Product information - FENDER Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster

Authentic reproduction of Eric Johnson's 1954 Stratocaster, including case

The Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster is an authentic recreation of the Stratocaster used by the Austin, Texas guitar genius to record the hit albums "Tones" and "Ah Via Musicom". Like Johnson's original, this electric guitar features a sassafras body and a bolt-on maple neck in the traditional "Soft V" profile. Furthermore two Fender Original '57/'62 single-coils in neck and middle position and a DiMarzio HS-2 at the bridge, of which only the upper coil is used according to Eric Johnson's specifications, provide authentic vintage sounds. The Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster is completed by classic vintage-style tuners and an American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo, which not only features five high-tension springs, but also, just like Johnson's original, a block saddle to soften the treble spectrum of the high E-string.

FENDER Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster
The Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster is a detailed recreation of the electric guitar Eric Johnson used on "Tones" and "Ah Via Musicom".

Fender Virginia Strat with sassafras body

Just like Eric Johnson's original "Virginia" Stratocaster, whose name comes from a note in the pickup milling, the 1954 Fender Stories Collection Virginia Stratocaster features a two-piece body made of sassafras wood , the halves of which are glued together with offset seams . Similar to the classic ash in hardness and grain, this wood was used for a small batch of early 1954 Stratocasters due to its easy availability from local timber merchants.

FENDER Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster Back
The Fender Eric Johnson Virginia Strat features a sassafras body and a bolt-on maple neck. The tremolo is countered by five springs.

A highly playable maple neck

For the neck of the Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster, Fender uses high quality quartersawn maple , which has increased stability thanks to its standing annual rings . The traditional "Soft V" profile lies extremely comfortable in the hand. The 12" fretboard radius and the  medium jumbo frets , two modifications that were also adopted from Eric Johnson's legendary guitar, add to the electric guitar's great playability.

FENDER Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster Detail
Two Fender Original '57/'62 single-coils and a DiMarzio HS-2 pickup promise versatile vintage sounds.

Versatile vintage sounds

The modifications Eric Johnson made to the Virginia Strat are also reflected in the pickup selection and circuitry. Whereas two Fender Original '57/'62 single-coils in the neck and middle stand for authentic Fender vintage sounds, a DiMarzio DP116 HS-2 pickup is used at the bridge . Originally developed as a dual-coil hum-canceling pickup, only the upper coil of the pickup is used for a high-frequency vintage sound with less susceptibility to noise. The usual pickup combinations can be called up via a 5-way blade switch , with the pairing of bridge and middle single-coils switched out-of-phase . In addition to the global volume control , the Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster also features a tone contr ol for the neck and middle pickup and a tone control for the bridge single-coil.

FENDER Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster Headstock
Six vintage style tuners with vertical Fender lettering guarantee stable and accurate tuning.

Modified vintage hardware

Last but not least, the Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster features authentic vintage hardware with modifications matching those of the original. For example, the traditional Fender American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo is countered with a total of five high-tension springs , giving the system increased stability when not in use. Unlike the other strings, the high E-string does not have a string saddle made of bent sheet steel, but a modern block saddle which, according to Eric Johnson, takes the bite out of the trebles. On the headstock, six Fender vintage-style tuners guarantee precise and stable tuning.

The  Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Stratocaster at a glance:

  • Electric guitar from the Fender Stories Collection, made in the USA
  • Authentic recreation of Eric Johnson's Virginia Stratocaster
  • High-gloss nitrocellulose finish in 2-colour sunburst
  • Two-piece sassafras body with offset seam
  • Bolt-on neck in quartersawn maple (maple with standing annual rings)
  • Maple fingerboard with dot inlays
  • "Soft V" neck profile with 12" fingerboard radius
  • One Fender Original '57/'62 single-coil in neck position
  • One Fender Original '57/'62 single-coil in middle position
  • One DiMarzio DP116 HS-2 pickup in bridge position (upper coil only)
  • Fender 6-saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with five bent steel string saddles and one block saddle
  • Five high-tension tremolo springs
  • Fender vintage style tuners
  • Including Fender guitar case


  • Manufacturer: Fender
  • Series: Stories Collection
  • Design: Stratocaster
  • Body: Sassafras
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Construction: Bolt-on
  • Neck Profile: Soft-'V'
  • Scale in mm: 648
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard Radius in Inches: 12
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Format: Medium Jumbo
  • Fretboard Inlays: Dot
  • Nut type: Plastic
  • Nut width in mm: 41.3
  • Pickup: SSS
  • Manufacturer pickups: DiMarzio
  • Neck Pickup: Original '57/'62 Single-Coil
  • Middle Pickup: Original '57/'62 Single-Coil
  • Bridge Pickup: DP116 HS-2
  • Active pickups: No
  • Coil-splitting: No
  • Piezo Pickup: No
  • Switch: 5-Way
  • Control: Vol, Tone, Tone
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Am. Vintage Strat
  • Tuners: Vintage-Style
  • Strap Button: Standard
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Colour: 2-Color Sunburst
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • String Gauge: .009 - .042
  • Factory Tuning: Standard E
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Gigbag included: No
  • Case included: Yes
  • Certificate: No
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