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Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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You'll enjoy professional quality sound from a beautiful axe with the Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The C-shaped mapl...Read More

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Slightly heftier satin neck and Big Dipper pickups with scooped mid.

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.

FEATURES
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • African rosewood fretboard
  • Big Dipper single-coil Stratocaster pickups
  • Dunlop 6105 frets
  • American vintage synchronized tremolo
  • 3-ply brown shell pickguard
  • Fender/Gotoh vintage style machines
  • Includes hardshell case

John knows what he's after. If you're after the same tone, this is the axe for the job. Order today.

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FenderArtist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 44 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Recording (6)
    • Rock concerts (5)
    • Practicing (4)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

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    5.0

    great guutar

    By Eric

    from cedar rapids, ia

    About Me Novice

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Pickups
    • Neck Feels Great
    • Perfect Setup Out Of The
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Love everything about this guitar.

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      5.0

      An ideal stratocaster in every way

      By Magic fingers

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          The features included on the strat are ideal. The slightly beefier neck for added tone, the flat radius for string bending, the vintage bridge for the best vibrato are all great items to include. The pickups have that perfect gnarly strat tone. Even though they are supposedly mid scooped, this guitar sounds not far from one with Texas Special pickups which are supposedly mid enhanced. Whatever, it sounds great. The fit and finish are very good also, of the quality of a strat american deluxe. I recommend it! I have owned several starts over the years and this one is the best. I live in Austin and we know stratocasters here with Stevie Ray and Eric Johnson coming out of Austin.

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          5.0

          Stands Apart

          By JmEddie

          from Midwest

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Appearance
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Hardshell Case
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • No Backplate Is Goofy

          Best Uses

          • Anything
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Just received my John Mayor strat in Olympic white from MF. The usual fast shipping service.
          Beautiful in appearance and comes in a nifty looking hardshell case. This guitar definately stands apart from all my other strats, mainly due to the Big Dipper pickups and the neck. I am an old cat and prefer the cleaner Fender tones, and this guitar really has that. It has more quack and punch than, say, an American standard. The neck is slightly fuller too, so if you are someone like me who leans more towards the baseball bat side, I think you will really like it. It has a nice satin spray on it which feels woody yet still slick enough to manuever easily on. Someone reported that string bends 'fret out' above the 12th fret. I see no evidence of that at all. It did come set up with string height on the high end, which may be how JM likes his, I don't know. I did lower slightly, but still with room for some grab. The other odd details are a retro decal on the aged looking headstock (very attractive) and the string trees are set back farther, which makes no difference to me. Also there is no backplate (not even included to mount). In fact, there are no holes drilled for one. This is how JM has his, but in my book that is taking it to the extreme. I did not buy this because I want to sound like JM, in fact I am not even that big a fan, although I acknowledge his talent and envy his string of ladies. I would have peferred it was not even a signature model. I took a chance on it because I read so many great things about it, and MF was featuring a deal on them. I do think you will really enjoy it if you buy one. Cheers.

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          5.0

          Try one asap

          By carbonj

          from Bulgaria

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Amazing playability
          • Incredible Pickups
          • Killer Neck

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • everything

            Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            This is the holy grail of stratocasters for me.Everything about it is simply perfect. Amazing quality , very well built . Cleary everything is well thought through about it . I play mainly blues and jazz and this is just perfect. I can barely put it down , it`s that good .

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            5.0

            The perfect Strat

            By millsbuddy

            from Grafenwoehr, Germany

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Ordered this and got it in 10 days. (and I'm currently in Germany due to work, so that was FAST!) I ordered the Olympic white and it looks beautiful!

              The C shape neck is something you'll have to get used to. It's meaty.

              The tone is amazing and the guitar responds very well. Very versatile.

              The only thing I didn't like is I was expecting some more extras for ordering a signature guitar. The other version comes with an incase gig bag. This one comes with a generic Fender hardshell case, a 6 in guitar cord, a wammy bar, and a manual thats in Spanish. (why????) They don't even give you the backplate. (yea, I know mayer asked for it to be taken off, but I still expected it to be there.)

              Despite that little complaint it doesn't take away from how awesome this guitar is. If you're a blues guy I recommend it!

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              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The ultimate all-around Strat?

              By guitarjon_67

              from Charlevoix, Michigan

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                This is a wonderful instrument. Serious vintage feel & tone combined with modern features make this an extremely playable guitar.

                I was looking for a vintage spec Strat with a rosewood fretboard, and I found what I feel might be the ultimate all-around Stratocaster (for me) in this guitar. I'm so thankful I am lucky enough to own one. I have great respect for Mr. Mayer's talents as a musician, but I'm not chasing his tone or style by any means...I'm getting close to 50 years of age and I have been stealing licks from SRV and Clapton a lot longer than he has ; )
                You don't have to be a "fan boy" to buy a signature model Stratocaster. Good or Bad, when I play this guitar I still sound like me.

                Just real quick, I have to respond to a few of the other reviews I read here...Please do not mistake this guitar for an over-priced, dressed-up American Standard! The American Standard is a great guitar for what it is, and I can find no fault with it, but it's features and specs are clearly different from the JM Strat. For instance, I prefer the wider vintage correct 2-7/32" string spacing of the John Mayer Strat over the narrow 2-1/16" string spacing of the American Standard. I also prefer the larger neck carve and the vintage tuners on the Mayer model. The pickups are sublime. The Big-Dipper pickups produce just about THE perfect all-around Stratocaster tone...somehow modern and vintage at the same time.

                Worth the money? I highly recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a very well made and extremely fun to play vintage style Stratocaster.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The best strat I've ever played

                By Nashvillian

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Amazing Pickups
                • Amazing tone
                • Excellent Craftsmanship
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • ALL

                  Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  The mayer is absolutely amazing in every aspect. Fit and finish, tone, aesthetics, set up. All perfect. This guitar is a tone monster. As soon as I plugged it in I put the switch on the neck and middle pickups and instantly got the slow dancing in a burning room tone straight from my cheap peavey vypyr30. The mid scooped Big Dipper pickups sound better than any strat pickups I've played including the Texas specials. Just about any strat tone can be achieved with this guitar. The large c neck took a little getting used to but it's still comfortable and I have smaller hands. It's similar to a prs "regular" neck found on the prs s2 custom 24. If you're debating between the mayer and an American standard there is no comparison. Get the mayer now!

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Probably My Favorite Artist Series!

                  By JosephMaynes

                  from Fort Worth Texas

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Body
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • Stays in tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues
                    • Worship Team

                    Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                    After buying a guitar, I always wait about a year until I write a review. I know that the new feeling will be there. This is the first guitar I cannot find something negative about. It all feels great, the craftsmanship is outstanding, and in my opinion the best non-custom strat on the market. I primarly play in worship teams and was a little nervous when I bought a start, but with the right amp, and the right ear for tone, this guitar is Fantastic!
                    I would highly recommend this to anyone unsure about it.

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    takes a licking and still sweet picking

                    By road dog bobby

                    from Fort Worth Tx . (when I'm home)

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      I've played this guitar for well over three years now and still consider it my number one go to guitar . I've put around a thousand nights on this axe 4 and 5 sets a night. Had the frets dressed twice so far as per regular maintenance. The first time I played this guitar at GC in Fort Worth Tx. I was impressed by the slightly heftier neck right off the bat. It felt right from the get go. The tone sounded great through several different amps . Really didn't want to put it down. I may be due for a full fret job next time I take it to the luthier but that's not bad considering the hours I've played on them with bending and vibrato . I have other guitars on stage with me but this one I play 90% of the time . It's held up really well . Probably be my last guitar .. Other players often compliment me on my tone . Love it !!

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      John Mayer Strat in one word -awesome

                      By SpiralStaircase

                      from Ottawa, ON, Canada

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                        Was hesitant to purchase online but upon arrival all my concerns vanished. An absolutely stunning guitar (in Olympic White) and feels/plays like a dream. MF listed the guitar as a Used 2 - equal to a demo unit - honestly, I have not found a single sign of use. Original packaging was removed, that is about it.

                        Required very light adjustments upon arrival. Most likely due to cold and shipping.

                        A great guitar at an even better price. THANKYOU MF!

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