If you’re not into the whole relicing thing, you might wanna skip this story and read something else. Might I suggest this? Check out this Fender prototype of the new John Mayer relic Stratocaster, which is based on – get this – John’s Fender Custom Shop Relic ’61 Strat. Yeah, it’s not vintage like a lot of people naturally assume. So this is a relic of a relic. – See more at: http://iheartguitarblog.com/2009/05/news-john-mayer%E2%80%99s-prototype-relic-relic-fender-strat.html#sthash.5H5Cgnf8.dpuf
Grammy winner John Mayer has teamed up with Fender for this must-have signature guitar. Features include an alder body and satin urethane-finish maple neck with a slightly larger C-shape, topped by a buffed headstock with a vintage ’50s decal. The African rosewood fingerboard has a 9.5” radius and Dunlop® 6105 frets.
Other features include three new “Big Dipper” single-coil pickups with a special “scooped” mid-range voicing wound to Mayer’s exacting specs, an American Vintage synchronized tremolo with five tremolo springs (no back plate), Fender/Gotoh® vintage-style tuning keys and a three-ply brown shell pickguard.
- Model Name: John Mayer Stratocaster®
- Model Number: 011-9700-(Color #)
- Series: Artist Series
- Colors: (800) 3-Color Sunburst
- Body: Select Alder
- Neck: Maple, Thick C Shape, (Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck, Gloss Finish on the Face of the Headstock)
- Fingerboard: African Rosewood, 9.5 Radius (241 mm)
- No. of Frets: 21 6105 Narrow Jumbo Frets
- Pickups: 3 Big Dipper™ Single-Coil Strat® Pickups with Special Scooped Mid-range Voicing to Meet John Mayers Specifcations
- Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup) Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup Position 3. Middle Pickup Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup Position 5. Neck Pickup
- Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
- Machine Heads: Fender®/Gotoh® Vintage Style Tuning Machines
- Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
- Pickguard: 4-Ply Tortoise Shell
- Scale Length: 25.5 (648 mm)
- Width at Nut: 1.650 (42 mm)
- Unique Features: Thick C-Shape Neck, Vintage Hardware, Five Tremolo Springs installed at Factory, Per the Artists Request, the Back Tremolo Cover Plate is Not Installed nor Included with the Guitar, String Tree is Farther from the Nut, 3 Big Dipper™ Single-Coil Strat Pickups with Special Scooped Mid-range Voicing to Meet John Mayers Specifications, 50s Spaghetti Logo Decal, Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck, Gloss Finish on the Face of the Headstock
The John Mayer Signature Stratocaster is Fender’s next must have signature model. Features include an alder body, a maple neck with a slightly bigger C shape, and an African rosewood fingerboard. The pickups are Big Dipper single coils with special scooped mid range voicing to meet John Mayer’s specifications.
Another customized feature is the back plate, or lack thereof, sort of. The INCASE gig bag is included.
John Mayer Unique Features
Thick C-Shape Neck
Five Tremolo Springs installed at the factory
Back tremolo cover plate is not installed nor included per Artist’s request
String tree is farther from the nut
3 Big Dipper single coil Strat pickups with special Scooped mid-range voicing
’50s Spaghetti logo decal
Satin urethane finish on back of neck, gloss finish on the face of the headstock
John Mayer has been busy since he introduced the Martin 00-45SC John Mayer Stagecoach Edition – his imagined “stagecoach cowboy guitar,” bedecked with gorgeous blue Paua pearl inlay throughout – at the National Association Of Music Merchants Show in January 2012. The seven-time Grammy Award-winner put the finishing touches on Born and Raised, his fifth album. Released in May, Born and Raised became Mayer’s third album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard “Top 200” list, a position it held for two weeks. The album also garnered rave reviews and produced two singles: “Shadow Days” and “Queen of California.” Plans for a North American concert tour were derailed by a recurrence of vocal problems that silenced Mayer early in the decade, but while receiving treatment and resting his voice, he played guitar for vocalist Frank Ocean on “Saturday Night Live,” at the “Love for Levon” concert honoring the late Levon Helm and on tracks for legendary pianist Chuck Leavell’s next album. As for the Martin 00-45SC John Mayer Stagecoach Edition, the very limited edition of 25 guitars sold out almost instantly.
Anyone in Orange County, CA looking for a Fender Mayer Neck and Tuners for $300.00 Cash. Neck IMO needs a fret dressing possibly, as FULL tone string bends on 17th and 18th frets “B” and “E” strings ONLY Choke Out- plays perfectly otherwise. Neck is straight with truss rod cranked to the right- I’ve had neck for 2-3 years now on below guitar with maybe 2-3 hours of play time – frets and neck look brand new still. No Shipments – Cash Only for serious inquiries – Thanks!
If interested, completed guitar with JM neck is on a MIM Blizzard Pearl 60th Anniversary finish and Torres Engineering BukKut pickups, which are clones of Mayer’s Big Dippers, I think a little better- you can read more on their website- cost over $200.00 alone. Total cost for guitar is $700.00 – no case. Guitar is set-up with medium action and .10’s. Guitar resonates as good as my Custom Shop, stays in tune forever and neck looks great on body color.
Grammy award winner John Mayer teamed with Fender to create his must-have signature instrument. The John Mayer Stratocaster guitar features an alder body, satin urethane-finished maple neck with a slightly larger C shape, 9.5″-radius African rosewood fingerboard with Dunlop 6105 frets, and buffed headstock with vintage-style ’50s decal and string tree placed slightly farther from the nut. Other features include three “Big Dipper” single-coil pickups with special scooped mid-range voicing wound to Mayer’s specs, American vintage synchronized tremolo with five springs and uninstalled back plate (included in case), and Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners. Incase gig bag included.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but John Mayer’s Black1 Strat is one of the newer additions to the ever growing list of Historic Fender Guitars. After coming into some downtime after his Heavier Things World Tour, Mayer began contemplating building his own custom Stratocaster from the ground up. He called the Fender Custom Shop and they invited him down. The rest has become music history.
Mayer said he came up with the idea for the guitar while playing Fender’s Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Stratocaster, which is a distressed, relic style Strat. Mayer said that he fell in love with the way the guitar felt while he played it and became fascinated with the idea of a guitar without paint or lacquer. However, he was also concerned that a guitar with no paint at all would be too “rustic” for his taste. This is why he decided to go with the vintage, relic look.
It is interesting that the guitar, which is known for its incredibly cool vintage look, was only made to look that way in order to get the resonating feel that Mayer was looking for. In the video, Mayer explains that the idea was for the guitar to have “more negative space than positive space in terms of paint.” This is a unique twist on the reasons behind designing a relic guitar.
Here is a video of Mayer talking about the guitar with clips of him actually working on it
One of those limited 83 guitars came into the shop the other day. The owner wanted the black one’s setup to be copied and put on his other strats.
It’s a nice sounding guitar. And the pickups sound nothing like the production model jm big dippers. more mids i thk* then again, i only tested it thru a carr rambler, but it doesnt sound more mid scooped than any other strat.
It’s a standard c profile maybe very slightly bigger. He uses some sort of insulation wire behind the 3 high saddles and I thk it mutes the high end. ala SRV?
If anyone is interested, I have his exact setup specs. (assuming of course that fender got it right)
neck relief – 0.008″
string height (at 12th fret)
6 and 5 – above 1.5mm
4 and 3 – a bit above 1.5mm
2 and 1 – 1.5 mm
neck – bass 4.5mm, treble above 3.5mm
middle – bass 4mm, treble above 3mm
bridge – bass 3.5mm, above 2.5mm
trem claw – 11mm from body to where the scrw meets the claw. 5 springs installed.
i’m no JM fan but its a great guitar. very medium weight wood, resonates well. even has this nice wood smell, if that makes any sense.
i would buy it if it was $2k lol, but i think it can be made iprovided you know what you’re doing
pardon the crappy iphone 3gs camera yikes
Grammy award winner John Mayer teamed with Fender® to create his must-have signature instrument.
The John Mayer Stratocaster® guitar features an alder body, satin urethane-finished maple neck with a slightly larger C shape, 9.5″-radius African rosewood fingerboard with Dunlop® 6105 frets, and buffed headstock with vintage-style’50s decal and string tree placed slightly farther from the nut.
Other features include three “Big Dipper” single-coil pickups with special scooped mid-range voicing wound to Mayer’s specs, American vintage synchronized tremolo with five springs and uninstalled back plate (included in case), and Fender/Gotoh® vintage-style tuners.
John Mayer has always been a Strat guy. For years now we’ve seen him on stage and heard him on his recordings getting some pretty darn sweet tones out of his impressive arsenal of Stratocasters. One of his favorite guitars, “The Black One“, is a beat-to-hell Custom Shop Masterbuilt guitar, so naturally when Fender decided to release a special limited edition USA John Mayer Strat, they looked to that guitar for inspiration. Presenting the John Mayer “Black1″, available only in limited quantities, and only two are coming to the Zoo. If you want one, act fast. MAP is $1,749.99. Follow the jump for specs and more info.
Mayer’s super sleek, famous black guitar has been his “go-to” instrument for years. He has been able to rely on it through countless recording sessions and shows, and affectionately refers to it as the “Black1”. In collaboration with the artist, we are now offering limited quantities of these special guitars to the world (500 global), as John “implores everyone to make their own trouble on it”, beating it up through their own musical experiences . The John Mayer Special Edition Black1 Stratocaster includes similar specs to his existing model (same neck shape, pickups and electronics) with the addition of some further upgraded features like gold hardware and a model- exclusive, super- protective INCASE® gigbag (designed in collaboration with the artist) that can be customized using the included patches and modular accessory compartments.
John Mayer Special Edition “Black1″ Stratocaster®
Colors: (806) Black
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Material: Alder
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck, Gloss Finish on the Face of
Fretboard Radius: 9.5″ Radius (241 mm)
Frets: 21, Dunlop® 6105 Narrow Jumbo
Position Inlays: White Dot Position Inlays
Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Truss Rod Nut: Original Vintage Style
Pickups: Big Dipper™ Single-Coil Strat® Pickup
Big Dipper™ Single-Coil Strat® Middle Pickup
Big Dipper™ Single-Coil Strat® Neck Pickup
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and
Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and
Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle
Tuning Keys: Gold Schaller® Die-Cast Tuners with Pearloid Buttons
Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Tremolo Arm: Aged White
Strap Buttons: Vintage Style Strap Buttons
Control Knobs: Aged White Knobs
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
Strings: Standard Tension ST250R NPS, (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Incl. Accessories: INCASE® Gig Bag with Custom Patches and Modular Accessory
Compartments, Strap, Cable
Unique Features: Thick C-Shape Neck, Vintage Hardware, Five Tremolo Springs
Installed at Factory, Per the Artist’s Request, the Back Tremolo
Cover Plate is Not Installed nor Included with the Guitar, String Tree
is Farther from the Nut, ’50s Spaghetti Logo Decal