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Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst 

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  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • African rosewood fretboard
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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

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

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Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (4)
    • Recording (4)
    • Practicing (3)
    • Rock concerts (3)
    • Small venues (3)
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    (6 of 7 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!

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        (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.

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          (2 of 2 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

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          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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              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Blown Away

              By Josh Mize

              from Arkansas

              Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Honestly, I bought this from musicians friend and was scared to order one this expensive without playing it first... I am so glad I did. It's tone, playability, cosmetics, and quality are unrivaled. Even if you don't like Mayer, you have to respect the man if you like well designed guitars.. If the price jumps up... It would still be worth it. The white is set off well with the mint green pick guard... Best money I have ever spent.
              Big Dipper Pick ups and that wonderful thicker neck. Over the top. The gig bag that comes with it really impressed me and I like to maintain some pretty high expectations.. Tuners are great, the fret board plays like butter...the frets are just right and aren't so sharp that your finger will snag on them.
              After playing through every strat in a local store looking for the best feel and tone, the winner was a MIM strat.. I bought it and it has played better than every other strat I have ever picked up until this one.. Out of the box the set up was perfect... I can bend the strings ruthlessly and it will stay in tune which is a new experience.. What a well built machine.. Very beautiful guitar.
              The big dipper sound alone is worth the money... If you're looking to nail that John Mayer tone... This is your baby..

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              (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A TRULY GREAT STRAT

              By David Lee

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              This is an absolutely great blues guitar. And, as you would expect, it nails the Mayer tone perfectly. Tremendous sweetness. The pickups must be vintage output because I had to boost the volume on my amps a bit when I started using it. As others have correctly stated, the pickups give you very creamy, clear, rounded trebles with no hum. And the bass response is good. I love the scooped mids. In short, the pickups are as close to perfect as I've heard. And, the neck simply could not be slicker, faster, or more playable.....it too is perfection, actually. As nicely done as the INCASE gig bag is, this guitar is of such high quality that it certainly deserves a hardshell case. It also deserves a modern truss rod configuration. Despite those detractors, I have to give this an overall rating of "10" because the big-picture evaluation overrides the few drawbacks. I will never get rid of this guitar. PLEASE NOTE: Should you purchase one of these, be aware that, for some reason, FENDER has instructions on the gig bag that the guitar must be left in the gig bag at normal room temperature for 24 hours before opening to avoid finish damage. I've never seen this before and, believe me, it is an incredibly frustrating directive.
              As has been stated in several previous reviews, the neck and the pickups on this Strat are what sets it apart and that is correct. The fingerboard on mine is a beautiful, solid, unstreaked piece of rosewood that is so black that it looks like Ebony. 6105 Dunlop frets. Great choice to have the larger frets. The shape of the neck and the finish on the neck is phenomenal - it couldn't be improved upon, as is the case with the pickups. The INCASE gig bag is actually more of a hard case than a gig bag and, as others have noted, was a pleasant surprise. Vintage truss rod adjustment at base of neck. This is what causes me to give this a "9" in this category instead of a "10." Standard vintage tuners and trem unit with five springs.
              My point of reference for evaluating this guitar is that I have owned a FENDER Eric Johnson Strat since 2006. I feel, and everyone else who has played that guitar feels, that it is the nicest Strat they've ever played. It is featherweight and has the absolute best neck and best pickups of any Strat I've ever heard.....until I purchased this John Mayer Strat. The Eric Johnson Strat sounds like what a Strat should sound like in your head but never seems to sound like in actuality. As difficult as it is to say that the John Mayer Strat is "better" than the Eric Johnson, I would have to say - and I am still pinching myself in disbelief - if I could only have one of them, I would have to pick the John Mayer model and, actually, there wouldn't be much hesitation. The neck and the pickups are just that good. What causes me to give this a "9" in this category is that the fret ends on the treble side of the neck are not smooth as they should be. I bought a Korean-made $1,200 FERNANDES Retrorocket Elite last year that had the most impeccable fretwork I've ever seen on any guitar. So, there is no excuse for FENDER to turn out something of lesser quality.
              Were it not for the fact that I think all guitars these days are overpriced, I might well give this a "10." However, I am so glad that I now own this that it kind of hurts to give it a "9." Except for the lack of smoothness of the fret ends, the finishing on this guitar is beautiful. As I said, the placement of the vintage truss rod adjustment access is, to me, inexcusable. The body seems to be every bit as light as my Eric Johnson. The tone of the guitar is fantastic. I have no problem, as others did, with bent notes above the twelfth fret sustaining. Not an issue. The factory set-up was off in that the action was set too low and there was a good deal of fret buzz. It really comes down to the neck and the pickups, and as someone has already asked, "do the neck and the pickups make it worth it?" The answer, to my mind, is, without a doubt, "YES."

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best Guitar I've Owned

              Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              This guitar is just amazing all around. To start off, it sounds great. Even if you aren't a fan of his music, anyone that can appreciate a good Strat will like this guitar. The pickups are legendary. You could just buy an American Standard for 1000 and buy Klein S-5 Pickups (Big Dipper clones) for 200, but here's why I dished out the extra 400 dollars. The neck on this thing feels amazing. The Dunlop 6105 frets make a huge difference. It is so much easier to play than other American Strats I've tried. The vintage tuners and beautiful sunburst finish are also great. The gig bag this thing comes with is pretty nice. It's made by Incase, is strong, and has lots of pockets and features. I probably wouldn't put it on an airplane, but if you are carrying it around by yourself it does a great job.

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              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great pickups

              By FrankK

              from Midwest.

              Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Some have criticized the Mayer Signature as a dressed up American Standard Strat. In essence, that is true. It is an Standard Strat with a higher level of finishing (i.e. vintage tuners) as well as upgraded pickups.On the latter point, the big difference between the two models is the Big Dipper pickups in the Mayer signature model. To my ears, they sound the same as standard pickups but with more rounded trebles. To me, high notes on standard strats can sound thin and slightly piercing. High notes with the Big Dipper pickups sound round, sweet, and creamy. Very, very nice improvement, IMO. Are the pickups worth $600 price difference? To me, yes. To someone on a tight budget, probably not.The (tricked out) gig bag that comes with the guitar instead of the traditional hard case is actually quite nice and I expect would be preferred by gigging players. However, if you have a 4-year-old who likes to walk on your guitar cases, the traditional case would be better.Overall, I'm not sure this guitar represents the absolute best value in the Fender line, but the Big Dipper pickups make it a must have for some like myself who are very particular about their tone.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Limited Edition Black1 John Mayer Signature

              By Squarelife91

              from Montreal, QC

              Comments about Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Although mine is one of the Black1's of the 500 run. After a week of gigging and dragging the guitar around, here's my road test report.Features are almost standard fare on your average american strat. The upgrades are really cool though. Schaller tuners, can hold a tune for hours even days of strenuous bend heavy techniques, blues jazz country anything very vocal-like. The neck is cool because of the glossy face but a satin back, I have yet to come across a guitar so smooth. The african rosewood sounds deep and smoky, but feels like maple. The bridge is flush with the body and comes with 5 springs on the tremolo, so without removing a couple or seriously abusing it, dive bombs are gonna be a bit hard at first but this guitar is meant to be played more in a hard tail style anyway. Being clumsy as I am I did drop it once right on its face. Being a fender, this thing didnt even take a scratch. The case is another thing, all the portability of a gigbag (ok a bit heavier) but with the protection of a hardshell. Last for the features are the pickups which just scream mayer even through a crappy 5watt solid state. Hendrix, SRV, Clapton, this guitar does his heroes and mine justice.Not to mention it's drop dead gorgeous. You can play it an T and jeans or tux and tie.Quality vs value? Well, you get what you pay for, in todays economy. The incase cases alone are 300$ starting to give you an idea of what you're getting. Worth every penny for the serious musician. This thing will probably outlive me, and being the limited, it's only going to gain in value.Overall this guitar is fitting of the fender legacy, if this guitar can't do it, it hasn't been done ... yet.

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