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
Firstly, I just love this guitar! So much so that I’ve already sold my American Deluxe Strat to help pay for it.
But the way it came from the retailer is not a good advert either for them or for Fender USA. As soon as I got back to the UK I dropped it off at a local luthier and paid GBP100 for a proper set-up. Had the frets dressed, the action lowered – but not too much, and the trem set up. Plays like a dream now.
The picture still doesn’t do it complete justice but is a step better than what’s on the web site. The body is more off-white than arctic (with a subtle hint of mint green within the white finish) and a slightly darker pickguard. Looks very retro. With the set-up and slightly-sanded neck it’s very easy to play. The modded pickups means that the neck and neck/middle positions are very smooth and mellow in sound. The bridge pick up seems to deliver a more ‘biting’ tone than a standard Strat.
I’m a big fan of John Mayer’s playing. How he does all that left hand muting, and syncopated playing, all at the same time as singing as well as he does, means that the man has got God-given talent. Just try playing the main riff and various licks from ‘Who Did You Think I Was’ off the John Mayer Trio album, whilst singing at the same time – and you’ll see what I mean.., The guy is an absolute star. The signature guitar – once set up – does him justice.
So if you’re gonna buy an expensive signature guitar you may still need to budget for a setup to get it exactly to your liking
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
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.
-Alder body, 60s deep contours
-60s style neck, clay dots, truss rod adjustment at heel
-Neck contour is a standard C, 6105 size frets
-Nitro paint used only
-Gold hardware, I think every screw is gold too
-Pete Biloft Vintage Vibe Shorty Pickups
Here’s what I don’t like… The maker of the body (B. Hefner Co., from ebay, DON’T buy from them..) cut the neck pocket too shallow. After their lack of customer service, I had to route the pocket myself. I did a pretty good job, except I slipped near the edge, and cut about 1.5mm too deep about the last 3mm of the pocket (see pics, I tried to get it clearly), and the sides of the pocket were also enlarged, so the neck has clearance on either side. I’m not sure how I’d fix this. It was my first time using a router, give me a break LOL!
And also another thing I fault on the maker is the neck.. The truss rod isn’t funtional as far as I can tell. It may work a little bit, but I think it’s loose or frozen. Acoustically, I can hear it rattle around when playing w/o an amp, but that of course doesn’t come through the amp. With that said, I’ve got it set up with 11’s and there is about .007″ of relief, pretty close to Fender specs. I’m not sure if going down in guage would screw up the relief.
It plays really well and the pickups kick. They’re very similar to the Fender CS54’s, except with a RWRP middle pickup. I’ve included some pictures and Youtube videos. Let me know what you think (about the guitar, not my weak playing skills…).
I’m probably going to put this guitar up on eBay in a day or two. This is the LAST one I’ll probably ever build. I’m moving into an apartment in downtown Milwaukee, and will have no place to paint anymore (fumes are toxic). Please don’t email me asking for me to build one, because it’s physically impossible for me to do anymore. But I’ll try to offer my help in building your own ones.
You’ll enjoy professional quality sound from a beautiful axe with the Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The C-shaped maple neck sports a satin finish and African rosewood fretboard with big Dunlop 6105 frets for a super-comfortable, fast feel you can really dig into. Buffed headstock and vintage ’50s decal combine with 3-ply brown shell pickguard and vintage finishes for a fabulous look. Alder body sports an American vintage synchronized tremolo with five springs. The string tree is slightly closer to the nut, just the way John likes it.
Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.
Introducing the John Mayer Special Edition BLACK1 Stratocaster® Guitar
John Mayer’s black Stratocaster guitar has been his go-to instrument for years. He has relied on it for countless recording sessions and performances, and he affectionately calls it the “BLACK1.” In collaboration with the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist, Fender now offers a collectible, 500-piece special edition of the John Mayer Special Edition BLACK1 Stratocaster.
Mayer implores everyone to “make their own trouble on it” and, through their own musical experiences, to give it the same kind of extreme wear and battle scars that his personal guitar bears.
The John Mayer Special Edition BLACK1 Stratocaster shares features with his 2005 signature model; notably, a slightly oversized “C”-shaped neck and “Big Dipper” single-coil pickups wound to John’s exacting specifications. Upgraded BLACK1 features include gold hardware and a model-exclusive, super-protective Incase® gig bag. Designed in collaboration with John, the gig bag can be customized using its modular accessory compartments and patch set (included).
Warmoth turns out good parts with many happy campers. Before you pull the trigger there, at least consider USACG, MusiKraft, Allparts, B Heffner, etc. The first two offer more options (like clay dots and 50/50 side dot placement like you’ll find on the Black 1), and the latter two will get you about what you want for the regular Signature but for a lower price.
Obviously, “Thick C” doesn’t give us the dimensions. You’ll need to do some more research from users to see if anyone has published measurements on theirs or just wing it with something other than thin C.
For my style of music (SRV, KNoplfer, Clapton, Hendrix, Mayer) this guitar is PERFECT! I currently Live in Dubai where we only have Yamaha Guitars and the low end Ibanez so I’ve previously only used High End Yamaha’s but I’ve borrowed many of my friends Gibsons and Strats they’ve brought overseas. I’ve finally managed to buy one in the US to bring back home. My previous guitars were an Ibanex RGX and a Yamha AES420 plus a Hand-Made Custon Acousitc GUitar. Everything I could ever want in a guitar I have in this Guitar. If it were stolen or I lost it I would immediately go and buy this exact same guitar. Overall, I love this guitar. I have a friend who’s been playing guitars for over 20 years and when he saw and played this guitar he also fell in love with it and has been trying to find one to buy. I love this Guitar. It’s perfect for blues and rock.