John Mayer’s Fender Custom Shop 1962 John Cruz Masterbuilt Sonic Blue Stratocasteraccess_time First seen circa 2005
Mayer started using this guitar during the Trio era to play the song ‘Gravity’ live. As far as studio usage, there are photos of Mayer playing this exact guitar in the studio during the recording of Continuum (one of those photos was posted on John’s Instagram account – of him smoking a cigarette and sporting a fake mustache), but he claims that he actually used the BLK1 to record ‘Gravity’, so it is unknown as to why he picked up the Sonic Blue Strat to play the song live.
The guitar was built by John Cruz of the Fender Custom Shop as a part of a limited run of 100 guitars. It was modeled after a 1962 Stratocaster and was finished in a color officially called faded sonic blue, which is basically supposed to replicate a look of the naturally faded vintage sonic blue finish. The neck has laminated rosewood fretboard with a 9.5″ radius and 21 Medium Jumbo frets, and the guitar is equipped with the John Cruz master design pickups (this model is possibly one of the first to feature these pickups).
If you’re curious about the price, and you wanna see some more photos of the guitar, a John Cruz Masterbuilt Sonic Blue Stratocaster recently sold on Reverb.com for $6,100. [Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt John Cruz 1962 Relic Stratocaster Limited Edition Builder Select]