a friend of mine has a new solidbody eric Johnson strat and I spent some time playing it the other day and I REALLY liked it. much more than I expected to. so i'm trying to sell some gear so I can get one. so I've been shopping around. they are listed for $1949 new, but I've seen used ones at GC for about $1300, which brings me to my query. are the solidbody EJ's made now any different from the ones they made the first few years? the reason i'm asking is that when the EJ's first came out, I picked up a few of them in shops and they always felt very stiff, very difficult to chord. I did not like them and wasn't interested in them. but the one I played the other day felt great. I think I could have played it all day long without any problem. it just seemed so different from what I felt before. I don't know what to think about the "stiffness" I thought I felt before. was it just an illusion on my part? I know, someone must say "go and play them" and of course you are right, but the guitars at the $1300ish range are at GC's all over the country, not near me. I can have them bring one to my nearby store - but if I don't like it, I ain't buying it, so I don't really want to do that. there's also another issue. i'm usually a rosewood fretboard guy. the rosewood EJ has binding around the neck. I think the Lucerne aqua firemist is really nice looking - almost LPB - but binding on a strat??? this is not proper orthodoxy! this not how Rory Gallagher did it! so I wonder how hard it would be to either get used to it or to completely ignore it. because I am, like many others here, completely neurotic about some things.