John 5 on His Signature Fender Telecaster: Gear Factor
"Ever since I was a kid, I've been a Fender connoisseur," John 5 raves, in an interview with Gear Factor host Squiggy, while discussing his signature Fender Telecaster. "And to have my name associated with greatness like that, it's amazing. I couldn't be more proud of anything."
He pauses for a moment and self-corrects: "My children, and then being associated with Fender. In that order!"
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"I wanted to put my name on something that was just a great guitar. I designed it around the '67 Telecaster custom," he reveals. "Even the one with the huge headstock, I designed around a Fender Maverick."
Besides the fact that it's a great guitar, he's proud that the instrument is relatively affordable. "If you go out to dinner with a group of people, pay for the dinner at a nice restaurant, for the amount of money for that dinner, you can get a John 5 Squier Telecaster and have it for the rest of your life. I love that, and I'm so proud of that guitar."
And it's the perfect guitar for a guy who has played guitar for artists as diverse as Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth... and k.d. lang.
'What I love about it [is], you can play it in a country band, or you could play it in a rock band, and that's really important and I love that about the Telecaster as well. It's that all-around guitar that you could play in any genre of music."
Catch John 5 on tour for the rest of the month; in July, he'll be back with Rob Zombie's band for a summer tour. See all of his dates here.