As you probably know, EJ Strats came out in 2005. I read the glowing reviews and ordered one online. Then my buddy and I were out driving around and happened to see a Guitar Center. I said I wanted to go in and see if they had any EJs so I could get an idea of what I’d bought. Well, they had at least a dozen. I played 2 or 3 and then I picked up a sunburst one and... the tone was amazing. It was deeper, mellower, and more resonant than the others. I then played all the other ones and none of them had the tone of this sunburst. I knew this was the guitar for me, but I’d already ordered one! I mentioned this to my buddy and much to my amazement, he said he’d buy the one I’d ordered! So I bought the guitar on the spot. When the other one arrived, it sounded like all the other EJs in the store. My buddy was thrilled with it, though. So that’s how we came to own a pair of identical EJs. Shortly after I bought it, I stopped playing guitar due to health reasons. I’ve recently taken up guitar again and yesterday, I played my EJ for 5 1/2 hours. I actually felt the moment when she “broke in.” She was still brand new. I think I’ve found my favorite guitar after owning her for 14 years. I am blown away. Mine is the one on the right.