The venerated axe-man and current guitarist for Motley Crue showcases his unique style and versatility with the one-of-a-kind design.
Guitar authority Fender has announced the launch of their latest limited edition Telecaster® guitar and their union with venerated talent and generational guitar hero, John 5.
The universally loved, globally respected virtuoso who has helmed guitars for artists ranging from Rob Zombie to David Lee Roth has been a fixture in rock music for more than three decades. His current post sees John 5 performing the classic catalog of Motley Crue nightly as the band’s official guitarist.
John 5’s lengthy resume and notable versatility draws inspiration from various genres of music including country, bluegrass, metal, rock and jazz. To compliment that range and meet the performance demands of such a unique guitarist, 5 currently steps onstage nightly with his Ghost Telecaster in hand. He spoke about the design specifics of his signature model and how he sought to make his guitar a one-of-a-kind model both in style and spec.
“I’ve played Telecasters my whole life and getting to design my own is a dream come true,” said John 5. “When it came to design, I was inspired by some of Fender’s previous collaborations, but sought to create a model that would be both visually stunning and comfortable to play. Fender helped me design a Telecaster that was different from anything else on the market and the easy-to-play all-white fretboard and unique pickguard is proof of that. The leather strap and cable match the guitar’s white aesthetic and the pick visuals are absolutely killer!”
The John 5 Ghost Telecaster features a top-bound alder body and 1-piece maple neck finished in an frosty, Arctic White gloss. The total white look is further accented by splashes of red and a mirrored pickguard/control plate – making for a pristine looking axe that fits John 5’s distinct style. In terms of additional specs, the Tele features a custom neck profile with 9.5” radius fingerboard and narrow tall frets designed with playability and performance in mind. The pickups by Dimarzio are designed to replicate the sound of active pickups in a passive format.
In tandem with the launch of the limited edition Telecaster, John 5 is also launching a signature collection of accessories to complete the package. The drop includes a white leather strap with red suede backing (modeling the color scheme of the Ghost Telecaster), a 10’ cable in Arctic white with custom molded red ends and a six-pack of 351 celluloid picks featuring John 5’s logo and graphics.
To shop the new John 5 collection visit Fender online – HERE