Well, it’s been a long time coming folks (rumors have been circulating for at least the last two years,) but it looks like Fender has finally put the finishing touches on its new John Mayer ‘Black1’ Stratocaster, and the guitar is available on a pre-order basis at various online guitar retailers (not to mention some smaller local shops which appear to already have the instrument in stock.)
Officially dubbed the John Mayer Special Edition BLACK1 Stratocaster, the guitar is apparently being built in a limited run of just 500 instruments worldwide.
Standout features of the BLACK1 will include a body of Alder, a slightly-oversized C-shaped Maple neck with satin finish on the back (gloss on the front,) Rosewood fingerboard with 21 Narrow Jumbo frets and 9.5″ radius, synthetic bone nut (1.650″ wide,) and an original vintage-style truss rod nut.
Electronics will include a trio of Big Dipper singlecoils (said to be wound to Mayer’s exacting specs,) 5-way pickup switching, Master Volume knob, Neck Tone knob, combo Bridge/Middle Tone knob, a vintage-style tremolo with aged white tremolo arm, and of course gold hardware.
The John Mayer Special Edition BLACK1 Stratocaster will ship with a “model-exclusive,” extra-protective modular gig bag from Incase, which was designed in collaboration with Mayer. At time of writing the guitar is selling for a street price of just under $1750.