FENDER John 5 Bigsby

  • Fender John 5 signature electric guitar with Bigsby vibrato
    Fender John 5 Bigsby model


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Fender introduced the John 5 Bigsby signature model in 2003. John 5 joined Marilyn Manson after spending years as a Los Angeles session guitarist proficient in many styles (including bluegrass and country), he got his start working with the likes of k.d. lang, David Lee Roth, Wilson Phillips, Rick Springfield, Rob Halford, Lea Andreone and Robin Zander. John 5 wanted his Fender signature guitar to equal parts shocking, rocking and versatile.

Fender Custom Shop J5 Bigsby Telecaster has pure Tele styling and cutting-edge modifications. At first glance it appears to be a standard Tele guitar, a closer look reveals a custom three-on-a-side headstock bolted onto a double-bound premium ash body with a shaved maple neck (for behind the nut bends) complete with a rosewood fingerboard. The J5 Tele guitar comes equipped with a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails humbucker in the bridge and a Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele single-coil pickup in the neck -- and a Bigsby-licensed vibrato tailpiece.

Also available was a hardtail version utilizing two-volume wiring, allowing separate volume controls for each pickup and a three-way toggle switch and with a Fender Enforcer instead of the Hot Rails pickup.

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Pickups brand and modelFender Twisted Tele pickup(s), Seymour Duncan Hot Rails Stacked pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 single coil and 1 humbucker pickup


Finish colorsblack finish
Made inUSA
Bindingwhite binding
Number of strings6 strings


Body materialash body
Body styleTelecaster style
Pickguard materialchrome pickguard


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Neck profileC shaped neck
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch


TailpieceBigsby Vibrato tailpiece

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