Although John Mayer has primarily been a PRS Silver Sky participant since his signature guitar first arrived in 2018, there are a handful of different guitar manufacturers that maintain a starring position in his wider electric guitar assortment.
Naturally, Fender is certainly one of them – Mayer was a Fender Stratocaster loyalist proper up till he joined the PRS artist ranks, and recently pulled his Monterey Strat out of retirement for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival this month.
However Mayer can be an avid fan of Charvel guitars. Granted, it’s not an organization that’s too intently related to the Sob Rock star, however Mayer’s assortment does in truth comprise a singular, skateboard-inspired customized store six-string straight from Charvel that was constructed by David Nichols. Now he’s added one other show-stopping mannequin to the catalog.
The brand new addition celebrates Mayer’s current two-night solo run at Madison Sq. Backyard, and does so in fairly obscure trend: the physique is actually constructed from wooden taken from the venue’s ground.
Commissioned by The Backyard and constructed by Charvel Grasp Builder Joe Williams, Mayer’s newest axe boasts a physique composed from the not too long ago eliminated New York Knicks basketball court docket, which (if Williams’ Instagram put up is something to go by) arrived on the Customized Store as an unfinished slab.
Now, a fast Google reveals that tough maple is the most typical wooden for basketball courts, so we think about it was an particularly acquainted materials for Williams to work with. Whereas no particular particulars got, it is seemingly the court docket was utilized for a maple high, which labored alongside a extra sturdy physique.
From that piece, Williams crafted the blue-finished magnificence as we now see it, full with what appears to be a basketball court-style marker and a sticker of the Knicks emblem. As for the remainder of the spec sheet, the guitar bears a resemblance to Mayer’s different Charvel – peep the Floyd Rose-style tremolo and management structure – although swaps the HH configuration from an HS various.
Notably, the guitar additionally swaps out Charvel’s traditional Strat-style headstock for a sharper, Jackson-esque head, which seemingly pays homage to a different certainly one of Mayer’s guitars: a pink Jackson 30th Anniversary Soloist that was built by Mike Shannon.
In his put up, Williams additionally stated he “didn’t have a complete lot of time to essentially go loopy with it”, however that everybody concerned within the undertaking was proud of the way it turned out. We are able to’t say we’re stunned: so far as one-off customized guitars go, that is fairly tasty – we simply hope we get to see Mayer participant it stay within the foreseeable future.
“I’m very honored to have been a component is [sic] this particular undertaking whipped up by the legendary Madison Sq. Backyard,” he wrote. “Some time again, we have been contacted to construct a guitar for @johnmayer who had already offered out @thegarden venue two nights in a row. As present to him, they requested us to make a guitar out of the not too long ago eliminated Knicks basketball court docket.”
To have Williams construct this celebratory six-string is smart, particularly contemplating he constructed a guitar for the PRS signature artist prior to now. “Enjoyable reality: John Mayer is understood for primarily enjoying Strats,” wrote Williams, “however he additionally owns a Jeff Beck fashion Soloist I made in 2015.”
It is not the one eye-catching guitar bearing Mayer’s identify to be launched over the previous few months. In August, Mayer teamed up with Martin to provide a pair of silverburst signature acoustic guitars.
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