To clear up a misunderstanding right away: No, the "Black One" is not a replica of an original vintage guitar. John Mayer wanted to fulfill his dream of his own Signature-Strat in 2004 and designed the guitar from scratch with Masterbuilder John Cruz in the Fender Custom Shop. In many respects, the "Black One" is based on the former Stevie Ray Vaughan signature of the Custom Shop: The 9.5" neck radius, saddle width and 6105 frets are identical, and the same golden Schaller machine heads were used as on Stevie's original Strat. The custom-built pickups also had to come as close as possible to the beefy SRV sound. Since John felt that a guitar without varnish would resonate better, they decided to use an extreme relicing that leaves most parts of the body free. The prominent client was so pleased with the result that the "Black One" became his main guitar and remained so for many years. Among other things, almost the entire "Continuum" album was recorded on it. So if you're into "Gravity", "Vultures" or John's version of "Bold As Love" - this guitar, which comes from the 2010 new edition limited to 83 copies, provides you with the exact sound for it. A thick, bluesy sound that never gets harsh, the excellent playability thanks to the medium neck profile and the low weight of 3350 grams ensure endless playing fun. An absolute dream Strat for players and collectors alike!
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