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FAMILIAR
BUT NEW

FRIEDMAN BE-50 DELUXE

Fender's Eric Johnson
Signature Hollow-Body Strat

Friedman's BE-50 Deluxe is a handwired 50-/25-watt head that's made
in the U.S. and uses two EL34 power
tubes. It has independent controls
for Volume, Gain, and EQ for all three
(Clean, BE and HBE) channels as well
as global Sat, Fat, Bright, and Voice
switches, effects loop, 4-/8-16-ohm
adaptability, and custom transformers.

B

lindfolded and handed the new semi-hollowbody Eric
Johnson Strat, chances are you won't be able to tell the
difference between it and the long-standing EJ signature Strat...
until you strum a chord.
In the hands, this guitar feels decidedly "vintage," but with
refinements to accommodate modern players. The specs on the
new "thinline" EJ are virtually unchanged from the original,
which debuted in 2005; the quartersawn maple neck retains the
'50s V shape but with edges that are rounded and smoothed
slightly compared to previous versions, the fretboard still has
the 12" radius and 21 medium-jumbo frets, and the '50s-style
headstock has staggered-height tuners that eliminate the need
for string trees. At the other end, the strings pass through
the bent-metal saddles and heavy steel block of a '57-style
vibrato bridge with five springs. Per an EJ preference, there
is no cover on the cavity.
As with previous EJ models,
Price: $1,999.99
the vibrato arm is shorter than
Info: www.fender.com
most and has a slightly exaggerated upward bend toward the
tip; the feel is a bit unusual, but
easy enough to "get." The finish is nitrocellulose lacquer and offered in two-tone
sunburst or Vintage White.
The electronics are also per Johnson's
personal tastes. The neck pickup uses
Alnico III magnets while the middle and
bridge employ Alnico V; all are handwound and sensibly calibrated from 7K at
the bridge pickup to 6.2K middle and 6K
at the neck. The five-way selector is wired
with the top Tone control connected to the
neck pickup, bottom Tone to the bridge. The
formula offers a very balanced tone throughout all five positions.
The obvious change is the f-shaped sound
hole, which stands out even with the quickest
glance. While Fender has at various times in
the past dabbled with thinline Strats, they've
been used on non-contoured models. For
this guitar, Johnson insisted they retain
all the deep contours of his previous
signature models; Fender accomplished
this by using an alder body chambered
at the top and bottom and fitted with an
alder cap. So the guitar is solid through
the mid-section and hollow on both
wings, just as with Eric's other favorite
guitar, the Gibson 335. - Vaughn Skow

September 2018

GREZ MENDOCINO BARITONE

Grez Guitars' semi-hollow Baritone
Mendocino has a 28.5"scale, redwood top,
solid mahogany neck and body, ebony fretboard, stainless-steel tailpiece, and Lollar
Goldfoil pickups. It's available in Black and
Natural with optional Bigsby tailpiece.

HEADSTRONG CORDUROY

Headstrong Amps' Corduroy offers
20 watts output via two 6V6 tubes
with Bias Vary tremolo and two
channels (Normal and Bright). It has
a finger-jointed/solid-pine cab in a
1x12" combo with Eminence GA-SC64
speaker, and is also available as a
stand-alone head or 1x10" combo.
Got something new and cool? Let us know at
www.VintageGuitar.com/Gearin-Up-Submission

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