Squier John 5 Signature Telecaster - Black

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Black
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Squier John 5 Signature Telecaster - Black image 1
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Squier John 5 Signature Telecaster - Black
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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 5-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 three-way pickup switch gives you 5's signature "kill" effect by turning off the neck pickup volume and leaving the bridge control full 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 5 magnet material. You also get a three-way pickup selector switch and distinctive chrome 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 one-piece maple neck with a very comfortable modern C shape, master volume and master tone 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:
  • Color: Black
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple, C shape, (gloss polyester finish)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12" radius
  • No. of frets: 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Pickups: Custom humbucker with ceramic magnet (bridge); Custom humbucker with Alnico 5 magnet (neck)
  • Controls: Two master volume
  • Bridge: 6-saddle humbucker bridge
  • Machine heads: Die-cast
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 1-ply stainless steel
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Width at nut: 1.650"
  • Matching black painted headstock
  • Bound top and back
  • Toggle switch mounted on upper bout
  • Chrome switch tip
  • Dot position inlays
  • Strings: Fender Super 250L, nickel-plated steel (.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042)

The Squier J5 Telecaster solidbody electric guitar merges a classic design and 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 Black
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 0301005506

Customer Reviews

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Amazing quality & Super Value!

This is the 1st Squire I purchased in my 30+ years of playing. Honestly, I was quite stigmatized by the brand name so this was a leap of faith kind of purchase. This John 5 is the only guitar that is almost perfectly setup and playable right out box. I will be playing a 7 tune set tonight and I am confident enough to take this guitar to stage along with a backup. I own Gibson LP, SG, 335, American Stratocaster & Tele, American G&L legacy, 2 American made Charvel San Dimas, Canadian Made Godin Jazz Box, Japanese made Randy Rhodes V, Martin DM & Taylor 314CE. Everyone of these nice instruments needed some degree of adjustments out of box. I am very happy. Sweetwater customer service (Brandon Eden) also deserves 5+ Star rating

Great Guitar

I ordered this guitar after looking at one in a shop. I liked the feel of the neck, nice and smooth on the back and frets that are pressed in well. The frets do not have sharp edges like some lower priced guitars. The pictures on this site do not do this J5 justice. The chrome pick guard, really looks awesome after you peel off the clear plastic. The action is already set fairly low right out of the box, just the way I prefer it. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a sharp looking guitar with humbuckers.
Music background: Begining guitarist/hobbyist


normaly, i wouldnt even think about picking up a squier, but the sales rep insisted that i play this guitar. WOW!!!! this guitar is amazing and really, is no different than a fender. i actually prefered this guitar over a gibson just because this tele had the real heavy ballsy sound that you would get from a gibson without the $1700 price. this guitar is a must have for guitar collectors everywhere.
Music background: guitar player, musician

As Good as it GETS

Bottom line this guitar kicks serious butt. The double bound body is flawless, heavy and has tone to spare. The neck is surprisingly good. You have to put one of these in your hands to appreciate this guitar. My only complaint is the bridge pickup is to hot (for me) but that is an easy fix. Don't be fooled by the Squier name. This guitar is a keeper and a hard core player. I have no problem putting this guitar up on stage and proudly showing off this puppy.
Music background: Pro Musician


I was skeptical of a Squier from China. I watched the video of John 5 playing it and thought I would give it a shot. Completely blown away by the this guitar. Checked it out top to bottom frets were great, action was right on. Sweetwater's 55 point inspection really does the trick. Not to mention the excellent help from Tyler Moore.
Music background: Hard Rock , Heavy Metal
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