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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®
  • Model Number 030-1005-(506)
  • Series Artist Series
  • Colors (506) Black,
  • (Gloss Polyester Finish)
  • Body Alder
  • Neck Maple, Modern “C” Shape,
  • (Gloss Polyester Finish)
  • Fingerboard Rosewood, 12” Radius (305 mm)
  • No. of Frets 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Pickups 1 Custom Humbucking Pickup with AlNiCo 5 Magnets (Neck),
  • 1 Custom Humbucking Pickup with Ceramic Magnet (Bridge)
  • Controls Volume (Bridge Pickup), Volume (Neck Pickup)
  • Pickup Switching 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Bridge 6-Saddle Tele® Bridge with Humbucking Pickup Cutout
  • Machine Heads Standard Die-Cast Tuners
  • Hardware Chrome/Stainless Steel
  • Pickguard 1-Ply Polished Stainless Steel
  • Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut 1.650” (42 mm)
  • 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
  • Strings Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel,
  • Introduced 4/2009

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