John Mayer Leaves Fender, Continues To Play Fender

Fender John Mayer Stratocaster

Ouch. John Mayer has parted ways with Fender in the form of a big ‘ol burn on Twitter.


Heads up to anyone thinking about owning my signature @Fender Stratocaster, they’re no longer being made and I’m no longer a Fender artist.
14/10/2014 7:35 am
I love Fender guitars and will continue to play them, but the fact is that the company as it is today isn’t the same one I started with.
14/10/2014 7:44 am

The John Mayer Signature Stratocaster is a pretty damn spectacular guitar, so if you’re interested in them you should pick one up while you still can.

Coolest pedal demos on YouTube: FuzzBoxGirl

Okay, so I was just checking my Twitter followers (you can become one of them here) and I noticed that my most recent follower was someone called FuzzBoxGirl, and she has a YouTube Channel with a bunch of pedal reviews, including a vintage 1968 Univox (Shin-ei) Super Fuzz. She also has a wicked sense of humour, a killer guitar collection, a knack for matching cocktails and fuzz pedals, and a great line in retro rock riffage. Only her feet and hands appear on camera. Mysterious. My prediction: FuzzBoxGirl will own the guitar world by this time next week.

My social media policy

I’ve seen a few sites do this recently, so I thought I should do one too. So here’s my deal with social media.

I mostly use Twitter, and you can find me there at I tweet about guitar-related stuff as well as random stuff here and there. I like to use Twitter for more than just alerting people to when a new post is up – sometimes I might post from gigs, or to see if anyone has a question for an upcoming interview, a progress report about a review I’m working on, or just whatever I’m doing that day. I don’t automatically follow back everyone who follows me on Twitter (otherwise it’d be too hard to keep track of everything), and I don’t really expect everyone I follow to follow me back either. If you’d like me to follow you, just @iheartguitar me and I’ll follow you back. And let me know if you think you should be included on one of my Twitter lists. I’m still getting the whole list thing together so if you’re not there yet and you think you should be, it’s because I haven’t had much time to make the lists yet, not because I don’t want to put you on there!

By the way, if I retweet one of your messages, don’t feel obliged to send me a thank-you message. While I appreciate it, I won’t be offended if you don’t!

I have a Myspace but I don’t keep up with it like I should. To be honest I find myspace too clunky and I have a hard time getting it to load on any computer except the dedicated iPhone app. But you can find a few songs of mine on there if you’re interested – noodly instrumental prog metal stuff, mostly, but a few other things too. I’ve also reserved but I haven’t really started to do anything with it yet. I will eventually, but not until I can devote more time to it. Feel free to send a friend request to that one now though in preparation for when I actually get it going.

I have a Facebook account but I mainly use it to keep up with people I went to school with, former workmates, etc. Please don’t be offended if you send a Facebook friend request and I turn it down. I just prefer to use it for keeping up with people I already know but don’t get to see much any more. To be honest I don’t really like Facebook all that much.

If you ever want to contact me you can email me at iheartguitarblog AT and I’ll try to reply as soon as possible, but sometimes if I don’t get a chance to reply to an email straight away for whatever reason, I tend to sorta forget, so if it’s been about 2 days and I haven’t replied, just send me a gentle reminder.

NEWS: My guest post on

Hey! Head over to Jason Shadrick’s blog to see my guest post, a lesson on the crafty art of syncopation. Hope you dig it. Make sure you check out the rest of Jason’s site, including his excellent Twitter directory and the ‘7 Questions’ series including Greg Koch, Steve Vai, Alex Skolnick (I especially dig Alex’s Hunter S Thompson quote), Stu Hamm, Paul Gilbert and many more.

Jason is director of marketing and artist relations for The National Guitar Workshop. Follow him on Twitter!

NEWS: ESP and LTD release James Hetfield Truckster in black

Thanks to Sjusovaren on Twitter for pointing out that the ESP and LTD James Hetfield Truckster is soon to be made available in black. I think this is a great move because as much as I like the Truckster, in my mind it’s kinda associated with Metallica’s St Anger era, which is… not my favourite. So for me this new colour scheme gives the guitar a new lease on life and links it more with Death Magnetic (which, despite the controversial mastering debacle, is still a far superior record to anything else they’ve done over the last – gulp – 20 years or so). James has already been using this guitar on tour so it’s cool to see it being made available for everyone.

From the ESP website:

The new James Hetfield Truckster… now in black!
You ever notice that anything thatʼs cool is often made even cooler by making it more black? So, it should be no surprise that the James Hetfield Truckster is now for the first time being offered in a finish other than aged primer gray. And what color would that be? Black, of course!

Other than its new, even more menacing look, the new black Truckster offers the same high-performance feel and sound as was specified by James himself. Available in both ESP and LTD versions, the Truckster offers a set-neck design with a single-cutaway body at a comfortable 24.75” scale. The guitar has a mahogany body with maple top, a mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, and a 42mm bone nut on its thin u shaped neck. You get 22 XJ frets, satin chrome hardware, Sperzel locking tuners, Tonepros locking TOM and Tail, and EMG 81 (bridge) and 60 (neck) active pickups. The ESP version of the Truckster also includes Schaller straplocks.

You also get the same distressed finish that gives the guitar a look and feel like itʼs been worked in over years of playing. And, like we may have mentioned earlier, it looks even cooler with a bad-ass black finish. Check out the new black Truckster at your ESP/LTD dealer in Fall 2009!

NEWS: New DiMarzio Billy Sheehan videos

Here are a couple of great new DiMarzio videos featuring Billy Sheehan.

In this one he talks about discovering hammer-ons from under the shadow of Billy Gibbons’ cowboy hat.

And here he shares a secret trick about his unusual picking technique.This one’s pretty freaking amazing.

CLICK HERE to buy Billy’s new CD, Holy Cow, from

NEWS: John Mayer’s prototype relic-relic Fender Strat

If you’re not into the whole relicing thing, you might wanna skip this story and read something else. Might I suggest this?

Check out this Fender prototype of the new John Mayer relic Stratocaster, which is based on – get this – John’s Fender Custom Shop Relic ’61 Strat. Yeah, it’s not vintage like a lot of people naturally assume. So this is a relic of a relic.

John posted this photo today on Twitter, not long after posting “Meeting with Fender and incase to look at prototypes of the new “Black 1” guitar and case.”

That’s the original on the bottom, and the copy on top.

Of course this isn’t the first signature Strat Fender has made for John Mayer. When I worked at World of Music in Brighton East here in Melbourne, I had the opportunity to play a several production model John Mayer Stratocasters and one of them in particular was probably the nicest non-Custom Shop Strat I’ve ever played.

If you can’t wait for the Relic, here are a couple of standard Fender John Mayer Stratocasters available from Music123:

Fender Artist Series John Mayer Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic White

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

CLICK HERE to see Fender Stratocasters on eBay.

NEWS: Mike Keneally wraps up Scambot Volume 1

Hot off the presses (well, Myspace actually), Mike Keneally says he’s finishing work on the first disc of his multi-album mega-project, Scambot, at this very minute.

Here’s an excerpt from Mike’s Myspace blog posting:

I’m finishing Scambot today

volume one of it, anyway…I’m posting regular updates from the studio on my Facebook and Twitter pages if you want to check out that action. Right now we’re bouncing down the final mixes of each song from the album in sequence.

SPOILER ALERT! Here’s the names of the songs on the album:

Big Screen Boboli
Ophunji’s Theme
Cat Bran Sammich Part 1
You Named Me
Cat Bran Sammich Part 2
Cold Hands
We Are The Quiet Children
The Brink
Life’s Too Small
Behind The Door

You can follow real-time Scambot updates on Twitter.

Also, here are the dates for Mike Keneally and Bryan Beller’s Taylor tour:
Monday, May 11, 2009 Buddy Roger’s Music 7647 Beechmont Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45255 7:00 p.m. Admission $5 Info: 513-232-0777

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Guitarworks 996 South State Road Greenwood, IN 46143 7:00 p.m. Admission $5 Info: 317-885-1510

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Tumbleweed Trading Post & Guitars 7831 Airport Highway Holland, OH 43528 7:00 p.m. Admission Free! Info: 419-861-3512

Thursday, May 14, 2009 Firehouse Music 3125 28th Street SW Grandville, MI 49418 7:00 p.m. Admission Free! Info: 616-532-3473

Friday, May 15, 2009 Midlothian Music 15645 South 94th Avenue Orland Park, IL 60462 7:00 p.m. Admission Free! Info: 708-389-4041

Monday, May 18, 2009 Music Makers 3611 W. Willow Knolls Drive Peoria, IL, 61614 7:00 p.m. Admission Free! Info: 309-692-9000

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 Heid Music 2201 South Oneida Street Green Bay, WI 54304 7:00 p.m. Admission Free! Info: 920-498-2228

Thursday, May 21, 2009 Cascio Interstate Music 13819 West National Avenue New Berlin, WI 53151 7:00 p.m. Admission Free! Info: 262-789-7600

Friday, May 22, 2009Steilberg String Instruments 4029 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40218 7:30 p.m. Admission $5 Info: 502-491-2337

Monday, May 25, 2009 Martin Music 1659 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 6:00 p.m. Admission Free! Info: 901-757-9020