John Mayer’s Fender Stratocaster ‘Crashocaster’ Custom

John was first seen using this Strat in 2005 during the John Mayer Trio tour. According to one of our readers (see comments), the guitar was delivered to him on the same date as his BLK1 Stratocaster.

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The guitar was built by the Fender Custom Shop and painted by John Crash Matos – a graffiti artist who became known in the guitar world after painting a few of Eric Clapton’s Strats in the early 2000s. In 2004 he was commissioned by Fender to paint a total of fifty guitars with completely unique designs. John’s Strat was likely not counted as one of those fifty since it was likely a custom order featuring the number “83” embedded into the design (obviously something requested by John himself).

In case John’s guitar was made in a private agreement between the two, that would mean that there’s a total of 54 Crashocaster circling around – the three he painted for Clapton, fifty for the Fender Custom Shop, and this one for Mayer. If you happen to know more details about this particular Chrashocaster, and the story of how it came to be, please be sure to send a message/leave a comment below.


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Russ Smith
Russ Smith
2 years ago

My brother and I both bought Crash strats in 2008 commissioned directly from John so you can add those two to your list.

3 years ago

Oh! Yeah I actually know a bit about this guitar, see my comment on the JM prototype page, this was the other guitar he showed me that day.

3 years ago
Reply to  Chuck

Now that I’m thinking about it, I do remember that he mentioned that it was painted by the same guy that did Clapton’s Strat, so this is the guitar I mentioned in the other comment. We didn’t really talk much about this one as he was more excited about getting his Signature JM prototype. But I can at least confirm that he received both this guitar and his prototype JM on the same day, in St. Louis, the day before he played his first show with Herbie Hancock’s band at the Pageant. Fender shipped both of these guitars to the hotel for him.