John 5 is a self-described “Fender® fanatic” with a jaw-dropping collection of his favorite instrument, the Telecaster® (“the greatest guitars ever built, by far,” in his words). His Squier signature model, the J5 Telecaster, is a double-bound beauty based on his oft-modded workhorse Telecaster, which was pieced together at the Fender Custom Shop.
Features include John 5’s distinctive black-and- chrome look—a double-bound alder body with a gloss black polyester finish, a polished stainless steel pickguard and chrome hardware. The one-piece maple neck has a modern C shape, a matching black Telecaster headstock and a 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets.
The custom-designed humbucking pickups use a special dual-volume setup with the bridge pickup control in the front position and the neck pickup control in the back position (5 prefers this setup because he spends much time giving the bridge pickup a workout). Rapid toggling the upper-bout three-way pickup switch gives you 5’s signature “kill” effect by turning off the neck pickup volume and leaving the bridge control full up.
Model Name: J5 Telecaster®
Series: Artist Models
Body Shape: Telecaster®
Body Binding: Bound Top and Back
Neck Shape: Modern "C" Shape
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: White Pearloid Dot Position Inlays
Fretboard Radius: 12" Radius (305 mm)
Neck Material: Maple
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Headstock: Matching Painted Headstock
Neck Plate: Standard 4 Bolt
Pickup Configuration: H/H
Bridge Pickup: Custom Humbucking Bridge Pickup with Ceramic Magnet
Neck Pickup: Custom Neck Humbucking Pickup with AlNiCo 5 Magnets
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup; Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups; Position 3. Neck Pickup.
Controls: Volume (Neck Pickup), Volume (Bridge Pickup)
Hardware: Chrome/Stainless Steel
Bridge: 6-Saddle Tele® Bridge with Humbucking Pickup Cutout
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Switch Tip: Black Switch Tip
Strings: Fender® USA Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: Matching Black Painted Headstock, Bound Top and Back, Silver Squier Decal, Toggle Switch Mounted on Upper Bout, Chrome Switch Tip, No Tone Control, Neck and Bridge Volume Controls are in Opposite Orientation, White Pearloid Dot Position Inlays, Narrow Dot Spacing, Synthetic Bone Nut.
Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome