Squier John 5 Signature Telecaster - Gold

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, Custom Alnico Neck Humbucking Pickup, and Custom Ceramic Bridge Humbucking Pickup - Gold
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Squier John 5 Signature Telecaster - Gold image 1
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Squier John 5 Signature Telecaster - Gold
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Get John 5's Blistering Tone at a Very Friendly Price!

The Squier J5 Telecaster solidbody electric guitar puts modern guitar icon John 5's axe in your hands! Using a custom humbucker with a ceramic magnet in the bridge position and an Alnico V-based humbucker in the neck, the J5 Telecaster makes a great tone machine. The controls are also specially configured for John 5's style of play. Though it's perfectly capable of clean snap, this Telecaster definitely shines when it's time to crank up and cut loose. Now you can wreak your own guitar havoc with the formidable J5 Telecaster!

Squier J5 Telecaster Signature Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Hot pickups, custom controls
  • This guitar is built for power
  • It's a Tele and then some
Hot pickups, custom controls

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 (John 5 prefers this setup because he spends much time giving the bridge pickup a workout). Rapid toggling the upper-bout 3-way pickup switch gives you 5's signature kill effect by turning off the neck pickup volume and leaving the bridge control all the way up.

This guitar is built for power

This unusual Telecaster produces high-octane tone and output for great modern sounds. A sizzling bridge humbucker uses a ceramic magnet, while the custom neck humbucker has Alnico V magnet material. You also get a 3-way pickup selector switch and distinctive gold hardware.

It's a Tele and then some

Based on a classic Tele design, the heart of the J5 Telecaster is an instantly recognizable alder body, a maple neck with a very comfortable modern C-shape, dual volume controls, and a rosewood fingerboard. This axe also features die-cast tuning machines, a 6-saddle Tele humbucker bridge, and a bound top and back.

Squier J5 Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Gold color
  • Alder body
  • Maple C-shaped neck with gloss polyester finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 2 master volume controls
  • 6-saddle humbucker bridge
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 1.650" nut width
  • Matching gold painted headstock
  • Bound top and back
  • Toggle switch mounted on upper bout
  • Gold switch tip
  • Dot position inlays
The Squier J5 Telecaster solidbody electric guitar merges a classic design with rocking modern features!

NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Urethane
Color Gold
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dot
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece 6-Saddle Tele strings-thru body bridge with humbucking pickup cutout
Tuners Standard
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Custom Humbucking Neck Pickup with Alnico 5 Magnet
Bridge Pickup Custom Humbucking Bridge Pickup with Ceramic Magnet
Controls Volume (Neck Pickup), Volume (Bridge Pickup)
Strings Fender Super 250L, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0301005579

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John 5 Tele

i own 5 teles from 62 an up one traci guns tele love them all but this john 5 model is sweet and at a good price nice neck an pickups plus its a looker .sweetwater does a outstanding job with there 55 point inspection.would highly recommend this axe!

This is a great guitar that will make a difference in your guitar collection

I own a number of good guitars including Suhr Modern, JP Majesty, Fender Elite Telecaster, etc. But I have never bothered to write a review for any of them. Why? We know they are good, and we can hardly admit that they don't deserve the money we have already paid. This guitar is not better or worse than those more expensive guitars. It is simply it's own kind. It howls like a wild boar and it looks like a shinning pyramid. Buy it!

Just WOW

Been playing for 45 years and this is the best overall action and feel I've had. Just can't figure out how a guitar this cheap is this good. I play it all the time. I have several Fender Teles and the action on this guitar is better than any of them. Just...WOW!

Believe The Hype

I rarely, if ever, give a product 5 stars. But I have waited to do a review on this guitar for about a month. I wanted to jump on the site the day I got it and sing the John 5 Tele praises and also the excellent customer service I received with Evan from Sweetwater. I waited to see if anything went wrong or if I would fall out of love with the guitar. But, so far the guitar is solid, I can't stop playing it. I feel kinda bad cause I've got a couple of Les Paul's on the wall that are worth a few thousand. I don't say that to boast, but to let the prospective buyer know that I have some higher end guitars and this one, so far, is on par with those as far as playability, sound and looks. I don't really even like the color gold, but this is a unique looking guitar and I too (like John 5) grew up watching Hee Haw and loving Kiss. So, I always wanted a Tele, I like the "flash" of the guitar, but I'm a Les Paul style player who wants to learn some chicken picken Classic country style and I also want to rip some hard rock. It can do both when working the volume knobs and adding some compression, delay, etc. I don't like to use many effects. My main amp is a Tweaker and it sounds great clean or dirty. I'm not saying it's better than my Les Paul, but the fact I even question whether it is says much about this guitar....I've got the best metal tones out of this guitar I've ever heard me play. I always like to play an electric unplugged and listen to it. I noticed immediately it had a twang and had that Tele type sound unplugged. You can get close to that Tele sound, but of course, it's not the same due to humbuckers. It's diverse is the point. The neck pickup I'm not totally sold on, sometimes it seems like it has too much bass and lack of clarity, sometimes it sounds great. I like to play with both pickups on, it's a good blend, but I don't usually do that on the Les Paul. It's not as heavy as my Les Paul's but it is heavy if you are used to playing Ibanez and some of those really light guitars. So, weight is not an issue for me. The BEST part of this guitar is the neck, it's so fast and easy to play, I feel like I can really play better with this guitar. The strings are light and I will put the same ones back on. I've never had a guitar where I can bend the strings so easy. I will say compared to my Les Paul the neck seems wider or something or the strings are further apart. It's taken me a little time to get to the feel for the spatial difference. My daughter has a Fender MIM and I think it plays better for sure, but hers has that classic Tele sound of course. I've struggled with what type of Tele I wanted forever. I love humbuckers but love tele sound so, it's a good compromise. I actually want another one so I can customise it and play around with it as far as pickups and such. I may put some of the Dimarzio John 5 pickups in this one. But, not now, it sounds really good and I don't really miss the tone knobs and the reverse wiring of the volume knob placement hasn't been an issue and the pickup selector is like a Les Paul so I prefer that. Setup was good on it, not a scratch and multiple discussions and follow ups by Sweetwater. If you think you are "above" a Squier, your not, this factory makes great playing guitars. Makes me wonder why my last Les Paul was over 2k. But, I'd never sell the LP...there I go again! I keep comparing a 400 dollar guitar to a 2300 dollar guitar. That's not right! Anyway, get it if your on the fence and order from Sweetwater. Great experience.
Music background: Hard Rock, Blues, Classic 70'e country, playing for nearly 30 years

Worth it's weight in gold....

Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect for a $400 Squier. Not that I play expensive, top of the line guitars to begin with, but Squier has always had the stigma that it was a cheap beginner brand with poor craftsmanship and cheap parts. Boy did this guitar change my perception! This is my 5th Telecaster (other 4 are Nashville MIM Tele, 72 Thinline RI, Modern Roadworn Tele & FSR copper burst Tele...yes I know I may have an obsession) and despite being the most affordable of those, it plays and sounds as good as all the others, if not better. I wanted a guitar for hard rock / metal tones but didn't want to stray from the tele and being a big fan of John 5's solo albums, this was a no brainer. The humbucker in the bridge position, surprisingly, retains some of the Tele twang due to being mounted in the bridge plate like a traditional tele. Clean sound is pretty standard for a dual humbucker guitar. I ran it through my Tech 21 Blonde Deluxe with a Boss Adaptive distortion (DA-2) in front and this thing screams! Neck is nice and thin which fits my small hands. Flat radius on the neck and no gap between the neck and the neck pocket (something a few of my MIM guitars have had a problem with). Stays in tune, binding looks great.Hardware all seems solid. Machine head/tuners are nice and tight. I love the switch location and the control scheme. Volume for both (no tone pot) so you can cut off one volume and use the switch as a kill switch for stutter effects. I had Sweetwater set the guitar with .10 gauge strings and it basically arrived in perfect tune. I was seriously impressed. Now I'm tempted to pick up the black version just because they are such a blast to play!If you're on the fence on this one, let me help you... Do it! Click add to cart right now and proceed to checkout! I'm not one to write a good review just to do it. I will point out flaws when I see them. I literally just don't see any with this guitar.
Music background: Hobbiest
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