John Mayer praises Jim Root’s signature Fender Telecaster as what “every Tele should look like in this day and age”

John Mayer and Jim Root
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It’s no secret that John Mayer is spearheading the charge to bring the electric guitar into the modern era. In a strategic play that started with his move to PRS to create his “elevated” Silver Sky signature guitar, Mayer has continuously voiced his desire to change guitar norms, and has championed an approach to function and aesthetics that aims to tap into a new era of guitar design.

Mayer reiterated his position during a recent conversation on Cory Wong's Wong Notes podcast, and confirmed his desire to “bring the guitar into the same context as everything around it” while simultaneously observing that those who share his opinion are few and far between.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.