John Mayer revealed the reason why he switched to PRS

Richard C.


PRS’s Silver Sky guitar really took up almost all the guitar forums and online communities. Highly high profile! People seem to really have some comments on the guitar. Well, basically on how similar that guitar is to a Fender Stratocaster.

During a recent interview from a The Music Space, John Mayer talked about what he thought about his silver signature guitar.

He said:

"It's time to mythbust. NumRichard C.

PRS’s Silver Sky guitar really took up almost all the guitar forums and online communities. Highly ber one: I do not have an endorsement the way that Tiger Woods would have an endorsement with Nike. I didn't get money for working with Paul. That's not how it works.

"I had an idea for a guitar - and this goes back about 10 years - a guitar that is sort of the future of the classic strat design.

It was not going to work with Fender. They weren't gonna be able - one way or another - to bring the vision that I had to life. So - not pissed off - I wanted to go somewhere where they could bring that vision to life. And it made a lot of sense to go to Paul because that's the guy who started the company.

To be able to call the guy who started the company on the phone and talk directly about ideas and how to build them - that's good for you. It's good to have artist be able to call the guy who runs the company. I couldn't do that really at Fender because its musical chairs.

I'm not talking shit. I never talk shit. It's just musical chairs. You don't know who to call.

I get to call the guy whose name is on the guitar and we get to build stuff together. That's too cool. That's something that I appreciate and something that anybody picking up this guitar or any other guitar in the future should appreciate. It opens up the direct connection between the artist and the guy who designs the guitars - the guy who's still here, who can very directly make change happen with the guitar."

"The first thing I want you to understand is that I embrace the Fender thing. I've seen people kind of disregard the Fender thing where they should regard it. As a customer at heart, I want to see people play Silver Sky through the Fender amp. Because that's what makes the sound. I was watching someone play through like a Victory amp and going, 'Just play through a Fender!'

"And that's the first thing I wanna say, this guitar is made to coexist with Fender amplifiers, with Fender guitars, with Gibson guitars, with any other guitar out there in the world. It's not trying to revise history. It's just a new way forward."

John also said about the guitar:

"It's sort of a higher-definition Strat to me. I wanted to go in and take out a lot of those frequencies that you sort of have to work to roll off. They're not there now, they're just gone. So they're tuned a different way.

"And this is a part of a larger conversation about going into a guitar that's been around for 60 years and going, 'What is still valid and what's still vital and what can you sort of go in and modify?' And Paul Reed Smith and I went in and our saying was sort of this: 'You take 100 Strats and two or three of them are magic. The question is, what makes those magic and how do you replicate that so you get 100 out of 100 guitars that are magic?'

"This has a lot to do with taking what my favorite '64 Strat is. Taking the overall sensibility and tone of that guitar and giving it to people, so that it becomes not something that's impossible to get for most people. I just love the idea of bringing it down to a place of accessibility for people. And I think to a certain extent that's really happened. Paul is a scientist as much as he is an artist."

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PS: After all, it’s just a guitar, right?