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Post subject: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:39 am
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I have a mystery – purchased a 2016 Eric Johnson Rosewood Strat in Lucerne Aqua Firemist color. This is the 3rd EJ that I’ve owned, so I am relatively familiar with the ins and outs of it. I noticed that the tips of the magnet poles in the pickups were actually beveled, so did a quick comparison to my others. Turns out, the other EJ pickups that I have are flat, non-beveled at the magnet ends. My next step was to look under the hood. On the one in question, all 3 have the rectangular ‘Fender Custom Shop’ decal on them, with the bluish markings on the underneath side of the pole pieces. Everything about these scream Fender Fat ’60 pickups like what can be found on the Fender Postmodern Custom Strats from around 2015 (not the EJs that have specific markings on the bottoms). My luthier says that all the solder points were straight up Fender factory solder points and that this guitar did indeed come originally on this axe. Help?! Thanks!


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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:25 pm
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Perhaps a previous owner swapped out the original factory-loaded pickguard with a different factory-loaded pickguard......?

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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:02 pm
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Yep strange. Did you buy it new.
My experience is generally pickups that have the square logo are after market whether they be assembled by fender or another agent.
Anything is possible but fender have strict criteria regarding signature guitars and I have not seen a change in spec mentioned.
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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:33 pm
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Retroverbial wrote:
Perhaps a previous owner swapped out the original factory-loaded pickguard with a different factory-loaded pickguard......?

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Definitely possible. It’s an EJ pickguard for sure, having the bar coding and EJ verbiage on the underside of the guard. Those pickups though...


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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:36 pm
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jimmy_james wrote:
Yep strange. Did you buy it new.
My experience is generally pickups that have the square logo are after market whether they be assembled by fender or another agent.
Anything is possible but fender have strict criteria regarding signature guitars and I have not seen a change in spec mentioned.
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Thank you! I am the 2nd owner. I’m waiting on Fender Customer Care to get me a little info. Should have that next week. The pickguard is an EJ one per the bar coding and wording underneath the hood. It’s just those pickups.


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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:36 pm
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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:52 pm
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Ok where is the pickguard plate that should be present under the pots...
How is the earthing done for the pots a pic would help.
What are the dates on the pots.
Sorry but my take is the pus did not originally come with the guitar. :D


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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:05 am
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jimmy_james wrote:

Sorry but my take is the pus did not originally come with the guitar. :D



I agree ;

https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts/pic ... 48000.html


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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:07 am
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Easier for us if you finish posting;

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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:00 pm
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Retroverbial wrote:
Perhaps a previous owner swapped out the original factory-loaded pickguard with a different factory-loaded pickguard......?

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+1


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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:47 am
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stratele52 wrote:
jimmy_james wrote:

Sorry but my take is the pus did not originally come with the guitar. :D



I agree ;

https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts/pic ... 48000.html


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Per a Consumer Relations Manager from Fender, these are indeed EJ pickups according to the build of materials sheet (utilizing the Serial #). He went into the R&D diagrams to check the specs and saw that the spec called for a slightly beveled polepiece (1/64” w/ a variance of +/- 5%). Also let me know that the marking and stickers on the underside aren’t too puzzling either - they may have just taken bobbins from the Custom Shop. Says that when building the pickups, many of them use the same bobbin assembly. This was from me providing detailed descriptions plus multiple pics and angles. Interesting?!


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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:26 am
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Well if you're happy to believe that then all good.
There are a lot of factors indicating otherwise.
No big deal
Did you measure the resistance of the pickups?
Do they measure the same as the others...
As mentioned where is the shield plate that should be present.
Did fender in their wisdom mention this is missing.
Lets see some more pics of the control area
There should also be the std tape holding the pus at various points. :D


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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:26 am
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jimmy_james wrote:


Lets see some more pics of the control area




And pots, switch.....


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Post subject: Re: 2016 Eric Johnson Strat Pickups Mystery
Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:05 am
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stratele52 wrote:
jimmy_james wrote:

Lets see some more pics of the control area

And pots, switch.....

I'd like to see the pots and switch, and how they're wired, too.

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