John Mayer Stratocaster Review

manufacturer: Fender date: 11/09/2012 category: Electric Guitars
Fender: John Mayer Stratocaster
Grammy winner John Mayer has teamed up with Fender for this must-have signature guitar. Its alder body is a wonderland, and the satin urethane-finish maple neck has a slightly larger C-shape topped by a buffed headstock with a vintage '50s decal.
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Action, Fit & Finish: 10
 Features: 10
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overall: 10
John Mayer Stratocaster Reviewed by: prsman, on november 09, 2012
11 of 14 people found this review helpful

Purchased from: L&M

Features: Grammy winner John Mayer has teamed up with Fender for this must-have signature guitar. Its alder body is a wonderland, and the satin urethane-finish maple neck has 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 (the uninstalled back plate is in the case), Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuning keys and a three-ply brown shell pickguard. // 10

Sound: Amazing, there's not alot else that has to be said. Something special was made in the new Big Dipper pickups. They are the most amazing and unique sounding pickups Fender has ever developed. They allow for very powerful bass lines but keep plenty of room for the treble to truly Shine. Obviously you have to be a J. Mayer fan to buy this guitar and I am so I play a lot of his stuff, but I also play plenty of jazz, modern and classic rock, blues and even some country and this guitar take it all in stride with beautiful pure clean tones and full velvety smooth dirty tones. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: The is set perfectly for me. Its high to allow for super-bends but low enough to allow for complicated chording. The mix between the rosewood finderbored and jumbo frets feels great. This is easily the best factory set up guitar I have ever played. This finish is gorgeous too. The shoreline gold shines brilliantly and the custon red recing stripe accents it and ties everything together to make it a very apealing and uniquie guitar. // 10

Reliability & Durability: It's a Strat, we all know how durable they are, (i.e. SRV's Number 1) and this one is no exception. The hardware is all solid and ready for a beating. All the nuts and screws are tight and ready to go. I could easily make this guitar my solo guitar and this finish is flawless, and ready to last for many many years. // 10

Overall Impression: The JM Strat truly allows me a lot of versatility and allows me to play vertually any style I want. From blues to country to even classical it'll do the job without any problem (I know classical might be a stretch, but you get my point). I've been playing since 2002, so yes I am relitivly new to guitar in comparison to some people, but in the last couple years I've gained a fair amount of experiance with music and I do know what I'm talking about. Some of my other guitars are an SRV Stratocaster, a PRS McCarty Custom 22, and an American Deluxe Telecaster. I primarily play through a Fender '59 bassman and I record through a Digi002 system. The John Mayer Stratocaster just competes with it all and does it with ease. If it were lost or stolen, heads would roll quite quickly until I got it back. Its a guitar that I would expect to grow with me for the rest of my life. The only thing it really can be compared to is the SRV Artist Series Strat, but the only similarities are the tuners, the frets and the fact that the Big Dipper pickups are variations of Texas Specials but it still truly has its own sound. The John Mayer Artist Series Strat is an all around must have for anyone who wants versatility and that pure and unique J. Mayer sound. // 10

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overall: 10
John Mayer Stratocaster Reviewed by: Huntsman191, on november 09, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 1799

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features: I managed to buy the Limited Edition Version of this guitar in the Cypress Mica finish (limited to 500 pieces) for $1800 at Guitar Center. I walked in and fell in love with this Guitar. Every time I tried to play another one I immediately went back to this one. The features appear to be the same as the other John Mayer Strats the only difference being the finish. // 10

Sound: I mainly play Slow Blues and Rock (SRV, Knopler, Hendrix, Clapton, Mayer) which this guitar nails every time. I play through are variety of amps depending on where I am. Ranging from a Line 6 Spider to a Fender Reverb all the way to a portable Roland Micro-Cube but whatever amp I'm using this Guitar sounds literally mind-blowing. It fits with my style perfectly flowing out with Slow Blues or bursting with Hendrix it still sounds amazing. The bridge pickup can have some interference with a high tone setting but that's nothing a Noise Gate couldn't cure. The sound is generally a pure, deep, full Blues sound with plenty of bass and treble but on lower end, lower wattage amps the trebles seem to get cut off a bit but I've found the problem diminished with a high wattage amp. Though I'm not sure why. Overall I love the sound of this guitar. it's perfect for my style and I'm sure it would work in a large variety of styles. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: I can't be sure on the factory setup of this guitar as the guys at Guitar Center had adjusted and set it up before I brought it. So my votes out. I found no flaws in any of the construction of the guitar. None! Looks like the quality control on this guitar was of very high standards // 10

Reliability & Durability: The quality of this guitar is superb. I'll happily use this guitar for gigging and after playing for hours standing and throwing the guitar around the strap has never slipped off. I'll happily use this Guitar for gigging. The finish is Solid and like most strats will probably last for a life time. // 10

Overall Impression: 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. // 10

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