Fender Introduces John 5 Signature Telecaster: Bigsby Included


Well, I’m going to be away from the computer for the next couple of days (I’ll be posting again on Monday,) but before I disappear I thought I’d leave you with this lovely little monster from Fender – the John 5 Signature Telecaster

John 5 is probably best known for his work with gender-bending musical madman Marilyn Manson, or perhaps for his current day job (we should all be so lucky!) playing with Rob Zombie of White Zombie fame. But as you may have gathered from his signature instrument, John is far from just a shredder.

In spite of his history of playing with shock-rock bands, John’s actually an incredibly versatile player as his resume attests: he’s said to have worked with a diverse group of artists including alt-country legend K.D. Lang, KISS guitarist Paul Stanley, Wilson Phillips, Salt-N-Pepa, and is rumored to have done a one-month stint playing on stage with Metallica (the official John 5 MySpace site states that he worked with the band in ’88, but doesn’t specify in what capacity.)

The John 5 Signature Telecaster is a bit of a Frankenstein’s Monster when it comes right down to it, but I like it! Stand out features include a fat Bigsby Vibrato tailpiece, a Seymour Duncan “Hot Rails” Humbucker at the bridge, Fender Custom Shop “Twisted” single-coil at the neck, a shaved maple neck, and of course that heavily customized three-to-a-side headstock.

If you like a guitar that really turns heads, well, this is definitely one to consider.

The Fender John 5 Signature Telecaster Features–

  • Premium Ash Body
  • Shave Maple Neck (Modern C-Shaped)
  • 25.5-Inch Scale Length
  • Rosewood Fretboard With 22 Frets
  • Narrow Dot Inlays
  • Seymour® Duncan Hot Rails™ Humbucker At The Bridge
  • Custom Shop “Twisted” Tele® Single-Coil At The Neck
  • Master Volume & Tone Controls
  • 3-Way Pickup Switching
  • 6-Saddle Bridg/Bigsby® Vibrato Tailpiece
  • Fender/Schaller Locking Tuners
  • Black 3-To-A-Side Tele XII Headstock
  • Chrome Switch Tip

And this one comes with Fender’s Deluxe Hardshell Case, in black of course, with a red plush interior to keep your sizable investment in tip-top shape.