Watch John 5's Blindfolded Demo of Fender's New Troublemaker Tele

John 5 recently stopped by Fender HQ for a video shoot.

The folks at Fender first blindfolded the great guitarist, then asked him to play a mysterious guitar. The guitar, as it turns out, was Fender's brand new Troublemaker Tele, the latest offering from the company's Parallel Universe series.

"We're getting weird now," John 5 says as he blindly explores the guitar's controls. "That's very strange, but I like it! I like cool and weird."

You can watch John 5's full demo the guitar above, and learn more about the new model—and the whole Parallel Universe series—over at

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.