Eric Johnson is an original

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  1. schenkadere

    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    He just is. So many a great players but he is a true original. Just thinking about it.
     
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    He's also my favorite guitarist of all time.
     
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    never wanetd another strat until I see eric with his signature model..he is awesome and such a humble man.



    texas grows some bad azz guitarist :)
     
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    Yep. Saw him Atlanta on the Venus Isle tour. Does more homework than anyone.
     
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    Great in the studio.
     
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    Amen!
    His playing is instantly and uniquely identifiable.
    He’s been that way since he was a teenager.
     
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    I doubt he would say that he's a true original. Those guys usually acknowledge their predecessors and inspirations, and then maybe talk about how they've tried to go on to become themselves. Originality is only a part of the deal, IMO. But he does have his own distinctive musical voice and is indeed a generous, solid person. I always wonder why some people joke about his attention to detail as though it is somehow weird to try to master the tools of your trade and the materials used in creating your own art.
     
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    One of the gods for sure...love to spend a day watching him record in the studio.
     
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    I'm not big on 'signature' guitars but I own an Eric Johnson Stratocaster. I also got ahold of B. K. Butler and had him build a Tube Driver identical to the one he built for Eric Johnson with the added bias knob on the rear. Plus, I bought a Mad Professor Amber Overdrive which emulates the EJ gain tones. SO ..... Yes. Eric's the one player that led me to buy specific equipment in an attempt to produce a similar guitar tone. I can neither afford or maintain an original Echoplex or I'd have one of those too. I use an Empress Vintage Modified SuperDelay on the 'tape' setting to get in the ballpark. Two Fender Concerts with the onboard reverb set to 9:00 on the clean channel is the best I can currently do to get his clean Fender tones.
     
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    Allan Holdsworth. Al Demiola. A few that come to mind.
     
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    I too have an EJ Strat, which I love.
    Mine’s a sunburst maple neck 2008 model.
    I changed the pickups to Kinman noiseless Woodstocks, but the wood, hardware, fit and finish are superlative.
    To be slightly perverse, I use his signature Dunlop EJ picks, and his signature GHS 11 set on that guitar, too.
    EJ uses his 10 set on his guitars, but I like a little fight from my guitars.
    Thanks for listening.
     
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    I saw him a few years ago and really wasn't impressed.

    Except for one or two song's, tonewise, he pretty much sounded the same... and he played much of the same lead patterns.

    It was like hearing the same song over and over again at slightly different tempos and chord changes.

    He certainly is "slick" and fast.

    It just sounded sterile to my ears.

    (He had a young female guitarist with him that sang to break up the monotony. It didn't help very much, IMO.)
     
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    That could be said about a lot of guitarists, in fact most of them. Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Allan Holdsworth, Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Randy Rhodes, Eddie Van Halen (and all his offspring), etc.

    I'm curious who you listen to and admire. Care to tell us?
     
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    I go through phases with his music. I'll binge on it for a while and then go a few years with nothing, then another binge. Rinse and repeat.
     
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    I like the videos of him playing Jimi.
    He does it with love and respect.
     
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    Do a search back through my 3,000+ post's.

    You'll find the answer(s) to your question.
     
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    Mine too. First saw him one night at 16yo (78’) on a random Sunday night at Sneaky Pete’s in Dallas. It changed my life.
    His writing is unique. His chord voicings are beautiful and unique.
    His sounds (although better in late 70’s early 80’s) are still great, and unique. His acoustic work is stellar. His voice is great. He’s as good a keyboard player as guitarist. He’s a very humble and down to earth guy.
     
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    Saw him recently and really enjoyed it. He's a bit OCD I think, but humble. He'd be better live if he dumbed down his rig a bit and quit fussing with things and causing himself problems.
    He played a Les Paul all night because of "building noise" he said. Meanwhile his other guitarist played a Strat and was fine.
    Small local theatre; EJ used three 4 x 12 stacks, two Showman heads and a big Marshall head. Multi pedal boards, satellite electronic cases with gear, wires everywhere.

    His "rhythm" guitar player was very good, played a Super Reverb and a small pedal board and sounded better tone to my ears.
    Still, it was great!
     
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    EJ’s other guitar player is the great (young) David Scher.
    David plays guitar, violin and bass brilliantly.
    He’s an Austin guy, and I think he’s a Berklee guy.
     
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