John Mayer’s 2009 Fender “La Cabronita” Telecaster

John Mayer used this Telecaster since 2009 on live performances of Perfectly Lonely, and since he often chooses to use the same exact guitar he originally used during the studio sessions (gold-lead Strat on Vultures for example), the guitar was most likely used to record the song as well.


The guitar was built by the Fender Custom Shop and it features a blonde finish, a maple neck with a 9.5-inch radius rosewood fretboard, Dunlop 6105 frets, two TV Jones Filter’Tron pickups, a fixed Strat-style bridge, and Sperzel tuners. This model only has a single volume knob, and a switch to toggle between the two pickups, however, the volume knob also serves as a push/pull switch which changes the sound of the guitar significantly. [Mike Eldred On The Fender Custom Shop La Cabronita Especial]

According to Mike Eldred, John was actually the first person to receive this guitar, and as far as one can tell, one of the few (if not the only person) who owns a rosewood fretboard version of the guitar.


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