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John Mayer....

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by backporchmusic, May 9, 2013.

  1. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 28, 2006
    USA
    Was running through an AMS catalog today and I noticed that the John Mayer strat was $1600. That's only $100 less than the SRV or the Yngwie model.

    I'm neither a fan nor a hater of Mayer, and have heard that he is a really good player. Saw him on Crossroads with Keith Urban, and he played well but it didn't really speak to me.

    But that's not what I am curious about. From my experience, the fans of his that I have met are all women or girls (who don't play music), who like his songs and likely think he's cute. I've never met a real guitar player who has sung his praises.

    So who is the target audience for this guitar? Is there a whole bunch of well-heeled guitar slingers who want his signature model? He has a pricey Martin sig model too.

    I'm just scratching my head here. Like the Susanna Hoffs Ric. Huh?
     
  2. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    In before the lock, I like John Mayer and I'm a guy

    A guy who plays a strat

    Mine has never been in the freezer though

    I believe he was on herbie hancocks DVD possibilities and I liked that section of the DVD.
     
  3. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 28, 2006
    USA
    Freezer?

    And I tried to make clear that I'm not bashing the guy. But I can think of several players (Paisley, even Urban) who don't yet have a model but are known for playing fenders (teles). We'll likely never know if they turned down the opportunity though.

    I'm just always amazed when there is a huge market for an item that I don't see coming.
     
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  5. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper Friend of Leo's

    Dec 26, 2010
    Fhvn ma
    I have no idea what his fan base is. I have several of his records, but personally, it's just some mindless pop. The kind of stuff you hear and don't even realize there is a guitar in it at all. Driving music, maybe?
     
  6. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 28, 2006
    USA
    I know he has a 'guitar' record out, but I never hear that stuff on the radio.
     
  7. Middleman

    Middleman Friend of Leo's

    Aug 29, 2007
    MV, CA
    He is a better guitar player than singer. Some of his songs speak to me.
     
  8. McGlamRock

    McGlamRock Friend of Leo's

    I think it's mroe about their fan-base and what they can afford to spend their disposable income on. John Mayer was getting big when I was in college, and now my contemporaries are reaching the age where they can afford to buy a John Mayer custom Strat
     
  9. Lawson

    Lawson Tele-Meister

    484
    Dec 19, 2011
    Norway
    He makes alot of different stuff, really, I can't really place him considering he plays jumpy feelgood rock, blues, analoge smooth pop and the songs that are obviously meant for the more feminine ones, i.e girls. I dig the bluesy side of Mayer, but I admit that I cringe by the sticky songs.

    As a guitarplayer, he do surprise you now and then if you follow some videos. He's got his own typical twists, and allthough it's a bit basic and clean notes-wise, I must say his sound is unique.

    One of the best moments I have seen from him personally is spiced up version of "Vultures"

    I think any musician in their right mind will dig this:

     
  10. Chris Browne

    Chris Browne Tele-Holic

    627
    Apr 29, 2003
    New Brunswick, Canada
    I suppose the cost of a signature model guitar could be somehow related to the artistic merit of the artist in question. Like, 1 Hendrix is worth .75 George Harrisons. That would be a fun exercise.
     
  11. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 28, 2006
    USA
    Now that's a solid answer.
     
  12. gtrguru

    gtrguru Friend of Leo's

    Apr 29, 2011
    Detroit Metro
    I have tickets to his show in June and I am a dude. Will be the 2nd time I see him. He talks way too much in concert and thinks he is a philosophy scholar, but his playing is top notch.
     
  13. sax4blues

    sax4blues Friend of Leo's

    Apr 14, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    I'm a big fan of JM blues and rock slanted music. He is a great guitar player. The pop stuff is pop stuff, it doesn't affect how I respond to the songs I like.

    As for signature models I wonder what the new sales volume really is of any artist model in comparison to non-sig models. My guess is the actual number sold is a small percentage and that is part of the price. They build a few, throw them out there, and if they sell more are made.

    But then what do I know, my three guitars are: James Burton MIM Telecaster, Eric Johnson Stratocaster, Carlos Santana PRS SE :rolleyes:
     
  14. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 28, 2006
    USA
    Well, if you didn't already have the Eric Johnson, you might be the target audience!
     
  15. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    He put his custom shop relic strat in the freezer cause he didn't like it, took it out and loved it
     
  16. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    I don't care much for his songwriting and singing, but his blues playing sound pretty good to me. He does some nice stuff when he is "worrying" in the blues sense. There's a clip where he gives a short introduction to various blues guitar styles which much deeper than so many other imitations of the greats.
     
  17. dog fart

    dog fart Friend of Leo's

    Dec 16, 2009
    North Carolina
    I've heard that the guitar has some nice pickups.:rolleyes:
     
  18. Bulldog87

    Bulldog87 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 2, 2008
    Louisiana, USA
    I'm a guy and i like some of his stuff. look around on youtube and you'll find some pretty good jam out stuff he does at concerts.

    One that I was listening to just yesterday...
     
  19. Willie D

    Willie D Friend of Leo's

    Nov 19, 2004
    So. Illinois
    I really enjoy his John Mayer Trio CD "TRY." The dude can play.
     
  20. Lawson

    Lawson Tele-Meister

    484
    Dec 19, 2011
    Norway
    False! He did put it in the freezer, but when he took it out nothing changed for him, and he later found out that it actually was the wiring that was wasn't properly connected, fixed that, and the beef was back in the sound.
     
  21. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Oh yeah, you're right. That's dumb.
     
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