Watch: Eric Johnson introduces us to his Fender Custom Shop Virginia Stratocaster at NAMM 2020

Features a rare sassafras body.

NAMM 2020: Fender Custom Shop has lifted the veil on the Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster, based on the iconic six-string slinger’s own 1954 Strat.

Johnson’s original Virginia Strat made appearances on his hit albums Tones and Ah Via Musicom. Fender Custom Shop’s recreation of the iconic axe is a “super close copy” as Johnson tells us in the video above.

Released in limited numbers, the Virginia Strat features a two-piece, offset-seam sassafrass body, a soft-V maple neck and a 12″-radius maple fretboard. According to Johnson, the sassafras used for this guitar was the missing piece in nailing the tone of the original Virginia Strat.

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In terms of electronics, the recreation features a DiMarzio HS-2 in the bridge and an Original ’57/’62 in the middle and neck positions. Controls are not out of the ordinary for a Strat: five-position blade, two tone knobs and a volume knob. Each Virginia Strat ships with a G&G tweed hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity.

In other news, Fender Custom Shop has released a slew of guitars, including a Jimmy Page Signature Tele, a Custom Griffin Themed Leather carved and covered 612 Doubleneck Tele built by Master Builder John Cruz and a Coronation Stratocaster by Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov. The latter costs a jaw-dropping $560,000.

More information at fendercustomshop.com.

Check out all NAMM 2020 news here.

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