John Mayer’s 2005 Fender “Try” Stratocaster

This guitar was primarily used during the John Mayer Trio era, more precisely, around the period following the release of the band’s live album Try! on November 22, 2005. The Strat was most likely a custom order from John, built by the Fender Custom Shop.

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Although there doesn’t seem to be any official word from Fender or John, it is likely that everything was taken over from the John Mayer Signature model. The only difference, apart from the custom paint-job, is the reversed neck. This is perhaps something that John requested himself as a homage to Jimi Hendrix.

Since this guitar is one of the more mysterious ones, if you happen to find any quotes from John mentioning it please be sure to leave a comment below, or get in touch by using the contact form.

The Giveaway

This guitar was given away to one of John’s fans at the end of the Try! tour. Later on, John had another similar Stratocaster made specifically for the Continuum tour, which he also ended up giving away (see video below).

This is I guess a tradition now – if you can call two guitars a tradition. It started with the Try! guitar when I was in a trio we did a guitar based on that artwork. It was a kind of a really cool way to kind of pull together all the enthusiasm for the band and the record and the tour on a guitar. It was really cool to give it away after I was done playing it for a whole weekend of performances.



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