I'm trying to imagine the look on his face if EJ ever saw this thread. "Hey Eric, come check this out. There's a bunch of guys on TGP that want to help you with your tone." ROFL. Now I've seen everything.
yeah, i didn't like the tone much at all, but i love the playing. i thin kthat kind of shows how hard it is to get the woman tone. i know a lot of guys that just turn up their amps and roll the tone back, and their tone just sounds like they turned their amp up and roll off the tone. come to think of it, everyone that i've heard come close to clapton's woman tone do a number of things to get there. maybe i like ej's strat tone too much to appreciate this particular tone.
I think it fairly well represents his tone as of late. And it is hard to hear. I saw him in San Antonio recently. Performance was awesome, tone was much like this. Extremely muffled and weak. No cut whatsoever.
I am a huge EJ fan and consider his ACL tone one of many benchmark guitar tones that I consider to be superhuman. This tone he is using lately is really difficult to make out.