Fender has unveiled its new Eric Johnson "Virginia" Stratocaster.
A reproduction of Johnson’s prized 1954 “Virginia” Strat - which Johnson used to record his breakthrough 1990 album, Ah Via Musicom - the guitar is the first model in Fender's all-new Stories Collection. Highlights of the guitar include a rare sassafras body, custom switching and a unique set-up.
“Fender and I talked about doing a reissue of my ’54 'Virginia' for the Stories Collection and I wanted to try it in Sassafras, like my original,” Johnson said in a press release. “When I got the prototype from Fender, it had the tone I had been looking for since my original guitar. It has a particular smooth sustained tone but as you turn it up, it has gain like a little violin.”
The "Virginia" Stratocaster will be produced in both Custom Shop and - for one year only - Stories Collection versions. The Custom Shop edition is built with handwound pickups and a flamed maple neck, while the Stories Collection edition features a DiMarzio HS2 bridge pickup, plus Fender ’57/62 single-coil Strat middle and neck pickups.
The Custom Shop edition also features a 6-saddle American vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, a lacquer finish and custom wiring. Both versions of the Strat feature one of Johnson's personal modifications, a flattened 12” fingerboard radius and jumbo frets.
The Fender Custom Shop Eric Johnson "Virginia" Stratocaster and its Stories Collection counterpart are both available now. The Custom Shop guitar will retail for $9,000, while the Stories Collection version will be available for $2,499.99.
For more info on the guitar, head on over to fender.com.