Your guide to John Mayer's guitar gear, era by era

John Mayer (pictured) performing at THE 63rd ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS, broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 14, 2021.
(Image credit: Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images)

John Mayer is a bona-fide tone king. This takes hard work and taste, with the blues-rock pop megastar taking an epicurean approach to gear, his gourmand’s palate uniquely attuned to the most flavorsome frequencies. 

The ingredients might change but sound remains instantly identifiable. Think an early '60s Strat through Fender amps, but refined, purified, and made transcendent via a meticulously curated pedalboard

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