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post Oct 11 2008, 04:36 PM
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After I tried about 30 different guitars during the last couple of weeks, I went today to my local guitar shop and tried out the Eric Johnson Strat and I just totally love it..... <LINK>. Looking at it's price (€ 1699 in NL) and its features (quarter-sawn maple neck etc), it's not really a suprise I guess, but I was overwhelmed

From picking it up and playing it acoustically to playing it through all kinds of amps, I am totally impressed about the sound, vibrato, resonance whatsoever from that guitar. In the end I spend about 3 hours playing on this one at the shop smile.gif

So, I am totally confident that this will be my new guitar, but I still need to decide which amp to go with it. It will certainly be a Fender for the beautiful cleans, but it needs to be a bit versatile to crank it up for some heavier stuff as well (not metal). If anyone has any bright ideas, I would love to hear them.

Anyways, I just had to post my joy of today (although I have to wait until end of the year probably to finally buy it as my bonus won't arrive earlier smile.gif.


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post Oct 11 2008, 05:32 PM
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GET IT! ive played two of them, absolute tone machines, one of the best guitars in production!


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post Oct 11 2008, 05:39 PM
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Awesome guitar. I don't like artist models usually but that model oozes quality


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post Oct 11 2008, 05:39 PM
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I've read a lot of awesome reviews on EJ strats lately, I even read some reviews stating they were the closest thing to a custom strat available at a reasonable price. I guess they must be really good.


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post Oct 11 2008, 05:54 PM
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Strats in general are a good buy, but I've heard this EJ strat is really good smile.gif Might I suggest you look into a deluxe reverb for the amp? Thats the setup I'm going for soon. Probably going to buy a pedal to go with it (either a rat or a tubescreamer, not sure yet) as the amp does get crunchy when cranked but could use a boost for some of the more saturated stuff.

Here's some info on the deluxe reverb.


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post Oct 11 2008, 07:54 PM
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If I buy another strat that's the one I would buy too, it's tonally quite unique and it has that EJ magic too that many artist model guitars don't seem to have.
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post Oct 11 2008, 08:12 PM
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Looks awesome smile.gif

I'm gonna buy the Fender Billy Corgan signature model smile.gif
This one is probably better, but I just need a Smashing Pumpkins guitar wink.gif
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post Oct 11 2008, 08:14 PM
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QUOTE (audiopaal @ Oct 11 2008, 03:12 PM) *
Looks awesome smile.gif

I'm gonna buy the Fender Billy Corgan signature model smile.gif
This one is probably better, but I just need a Smashing Pumpkins guitar wink.gif


Awesome biggrin.gif Which reminds me, I need to do the smashing pumpkins SI lesson... now that I have my (working) laptop I can finally get around to it...


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post Oct 11 2008, 08:34 PM
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QUOTE (audiopaal @ Oct 11 2008, 09:12 PM) *
Looks awesome smile.gif

I'm gonna buy the Fender Billy Corgan signature model smile.gif
This one is probably better, but I just need a Smashing Pumpkins guitar wink.gif

Wow is that a freak accident!!!??? I was also concidering that Strat today, have to say it's maybe a bit of an odd choice so I wonder what the odds are for this biggrin.gif


And the EJ strat looks just teriffic!


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post Oct 11 2008, 08:58 PM
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Yeah, I played it when I was looking at Strats. It's a wonderful guitar but out of my league.


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post Oct 11 2008, 09:39 PM
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QUOTE (audiopaal @ Oct 12 2008, 12:12 AM) *
Looks awesome smile.gif

I'm gonna buy the Fender Billy Corgan signature model smile.gif
This one is probably better, but I just need a Smashing Pumpkins guitar wink.gif


I wish Corgan Sig would look more like the trashy flowery guitar he had during Siva

If I remember correctly, he bought that guitar for less than $200 and it made extensive noises that Corgan worked with. Nice story indeed.


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post Oct 11 2008, 11:29 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys, makes me feel even more confident to really go for this beauty smile.gif

QUOTE (JVM @ Oct 11 2008, 06:54 PM) *
Strats in general are a good buy, but I've heard this EJ strat is really good smile.gif Might I suggest you look into a deluxe reverb for the amp? Thats the setup I'm going for soon. Probably going to buy a pedal to go with it (either a rat or a tubescreamer, not sure yet) as the amp does get crunchy when cranked but could use a boost for some of the more saturated stuff.

Here's some info on the deluxe reverb.


I will check the deluxe out in more detail some time during the next weeks, as well as the supersonic, twin reverb and the hot rod to see which tone I prefer the most smile.gif


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Ibanez RG770 (Black, basswood/rosewood)
Peerless Journeyman (solid spruce/maple)
Sixt Bov-105C (Ovation-like acoustic) - Ibanez SGT-130 (Jumbo acoustic)
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post Oct 11 2008, 11:46 PM
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QUOTE (Velvet Roger @ Oct 11 2008, 06:29 PM) *
Thanks for the replies guys, makes me feel even more confident to really go for this beauty smile.gif



I will check the deluxe out in more detail some time during the next weeks, as well as the supersonic, twin reverb and the hot rod to see which tone I prefer the most smile.gif


All really good amps. The hot rods are a little cheaper of course, but good tone can still be gotten from them. Supersonic and twin are really good amps too.


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post Oct 12 2008, 02:54 AM
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You've got yourself a great guitar. A really good match for it would be a Fender Supersonic or a Mesa Boogie Lonestar. Both of these amps have awesome clean sounds, and both of these amps can be pushed into a great overdriven sound. They are not high gain amps, but have great, singing lead tones in the style of Eric Johnson or Andy Timmons. A nice overdrive pedal, (not distortion), would also be a nice compliment to that setup.
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post Oct 12 2008, 02:56 AM
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QUOTE (Velvet Roger @ Oct 11 2008, 04:36 PM) *
So, I am totally confident that this will be my new guitar, but I still need to decide which amp to go with it. It will certainly be a Fender for the beautiful cleans, but it needs to be a bit versatile to crank it up for some heavier stuff as well (not metal). If anyone has any bright ideas, I would love to hear them.


Well, As far a beautiful cleans an A great drive channel. check out the Mesa lone star and fender supersonic. smile.gif

Edit: lol frank said the same things as me smile.gif

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post Oct 12 2008, 03:20 AM
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QUOTE (Tjchep @ Oct 12 2008, 02:56 AM) *
Well, As far a beautiful cleans an A great drive channel. check out the Mesa lone star and fender supersonic. smile.gif

Edit: lol frank said the same things as me smile.gif


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post Oct 12 2008, 04:03 AM
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QUOTE (FrankW @ Oct 11 2008, 10:20 PM) *
It's my opinion that you know what you're talking about, my friend.

I totally agree with both of you, those are two of my favourite amps
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post Oct 12 2008, 04:31 AM
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QUOTE (Tjchep @ Oct 12 2008, 06:56 AM) *
Well, As far a beautiful cleans an A great drive channel. check out the Mesa lone star and fender supersonic. smile.gif

Edit: lol frank said the same things as me smile.gif


Lonestar Special oozes with tone. The clean tone on that Special was something special. Plus it can be set to a 5w switch so you can crank it w/o blowing your ear drums on your room.


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That picture... I love it!!

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Mooie gitaar man! Vooral dat hout dat zo door de lak heen te zien is, prachtig!


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post Oct 12 2008, 05:51 PM
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QUOTE (VinceG @ Oct 11 2008, 11:31 PM) *
Lonestar Special oozes with tone. The clean tone on that Special was something special. Plus it can be set to a 5w switch so you can crank it w/o blowing your ear drums on your room.


Yeah, a lonestar is my dream amp, but I can't justify it right now I guess.


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