Guitar of the Week (November 3, 2014)

I got this 1958 Fender Stratocaster from Eric Johnson.  The guitar was mentioned in the 1986 Guitar Player cover story:

GP: Did you ever recover any of the guitars that were stolen from your apartment in 1982?

EJ: Yeah, a couple, but I'd like to mention one of them that I didn't get back. This one guitar is real special to me. It's a '58 Fender Strat, original black, serial number 0282255. It has numerous scratches in the finish, and a maple neck with large frets. I'd be happy to pay whatever I had to to get it back--sell my car and take a loan [laughs]. That was the greatest-sounding Strat I ever owned; it had a special violin-type sound.

Eric eventually had the stolen guitars returned to him in 2006.  In 2009, I bought this black Stratocaster along with a 1962 Gibson ES335 from him when George Alessandro and I visited him in Austin.