John Mayer Announces Split with Fender

John Mayer turned 37 yesterday, but it seems he won't be celebrating with a new Fender guitar this year. The virtuosic bluesman behind such hits as Your Body Is a Wonderland announced via twitter this week that his relationship with Fender had come to an end.

As Mayer tweeted:

Heads up to anyone thinking about owning my signature @Fender Stratocaster, they’re no longer being made and I’m no longer a Fender artist.

This was followed up by another tweet stating:

I love Fender guitars and will continue to play them, but the fact is that the company as it is today isn’t the same one I started with.

The John Mayer Signature Stratocaster was launched in 2005, and has since become a mainstay of the Fender Artist Series lineup. In particular, many players laud the "Big Dipper" single-coil pickups that come on this Strat, which sell for a premium by themselves.

From here it will be interesting to see if Mayer ends up endorsing another brand and adding another signature model to his resume, as well as if Fender produces this same model under a different name. Here at Reverb, we'll be keeping a close eye to see how prices on used John Mayer Signatures fare as new stock runs out.

Update (May 28, 2015): Mayer posted a picture of a new Paul Reed Smith model on his Instagram account yesterday with the caption "It's grrrrrrreat! #PRS #custom #25andahalfinchscale #thankyoupaul #newtool." Mayer's name also appears on the PRS artist page, so it seems after all's said and done, Mayer is a PRS guy now.

It's grrrrrrreat! #PRS #custom #25andahalfinchscale #thankyoupaul #newtool

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