No matter what anyone says, every musician pulls influence and is inspired by at least another musician(s) in his or her lifetime. For me, my list of artists spans a few different genres, and I really don’t think some of my playing would be what it is today if not for them. Read more
Premier Manufacturer Announces The Game Changer, In Addition to New String Offerings, John Petrucci Guitar and Ultra-Portable Gig Bag Amplifier
NAMM 2011 — Ernie Ball Music Man, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of strings, instruments and guitar accessories, including the iconic Slinkys guitar string line, today announced that it will unveil The Game Changer, a ground-breaking, all analog pickup switching system that unlocks an extensive library of natural guitar tones previously unavailable in traditional pickup technology. Available in select Reflex guitar and bass models in 2011, this progressive innovation leads a host of new and exciting products Ernie Ball is set to launch at the 2011 Winter NAMM Show.
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John Mayer’s super sleek, famous black guitar has been his “go-to” instrument for years. He has been able to rely on it through countless recording sessions and shows, and affectionately refers to it as the “Black1“.
In collaboration with the artist, Fender are now offering limited quantities of these special guitars to the world (500 global), as John “implores everyone to make their own trouble on it”, beating it up through their own musical experiences.
The John Mayer Special Edition Black1 Stratocaster includes similar specs to his existing model (same neck shape, pickups and electronics) with the addition of some further upgraded features like gold hardware and a model- exclusive, super-protective incase gig-bag (designed in collaboration with the artist) that can be customized using the included patches and modular accessory compartments.
Price: Fender Black1 Stratocaster
Fender Black1 Specifications:
Colors: (806) Black
Body Shape: Stratocaster
Body Material: Alder
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck, Gloss Finish on the Face of the Headstock
Fretboard Radius: 9.5″ Radius (241 mm)
Frets: 21, Dunlop 6105 Narrow Jumbo
Position Inlays: White Dot Position Inlays
Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Truss Rod Nut: Original Vintage Style
Pickups: Big Dipper Single-Coil Strat Pickup, Big Dipper Single-Coil Strat Middle Pickup, Big Dipper Single-Coil Strat Neck Pickup
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/MiddlePickup)
Tuning Keys: Gold Schaller Die-Cast Tuners with Pearloid Buttons
Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Tremolo Arm: Aged White
Fender John Mayer Special Edition ‘Black1′ Stratocaster