On the easy to recommend “Where the Light is” DVD, John Mayer plays an impressively tight set, switching between an equally impressive number of instruments. What follows is simply a list of the electric guitars seen on the DVD, with a little information about unique features.
- Gibson L5
The DVD opens with John playing a Gibson L5 to a backdrop of the sunset over L.A. The guitar seems to be stock, the model fitted with 2 humbuckers.
2. Fender Custom Shop white strat
After the opening acoustic set, John takes to the stage with the trio to begin the first electric number. His weapon of choice; an olympic white Fender Strat.
Though at first glance this guitar seems to be one of the Hendrix signature models Fender ran for a little while, Closer examination reveals a Custom Shop logo on the rear of the headstock, and none of the Hendrix signatures seem to have the same combination of features found on this example. I.E: Upside down headstock, right-way-up Fender logo, large block “stratocaster” text and a regular pickup slant.
3. Hardtail sunburst strat
Next, what looks to be a genuine vintage sunburst strat. No custom shop logo on this one and very believable wear on the body and hardware.
4. Hendrix “Monterey Pop” Strat
A replica of the strat Jimi famously used and abused at the Monterey pop festival.
5. Guild Starfire
Guild’s answer to the Gibson 335, a twin pickup hollowbody.
6. Cypress Mica John Mayer signature strat
One of a limited run offered by fender, this guitar has John’s signature on the headstock, and specs common to all of his signature stratocasters. The pickups are his signature “Big Dipper” pickups and the control knobs are an unusual design for a fender.
7. The “Black One”
This guitar is probably the one most associated with John. Made at least in part by John himself during a tour of the Fender factory in California and designed to his specifications, it was his guitar of choice for a very long time.
8. Gold Leaf Strat.
A custom shop made Strat very likely based on the gold leaf strats Eric Clapton had the custom shop build in the early-mid nineties. Of course, unlike Clapton’s, this model has a rosewood fretboard. Reportedly, this guitar is John’s favourite for “Vultures”
9. Sunburst John Mayer signature strat.
The same specs as the Cypress Mica strat, but with the more standard fender control knobs.