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John 5 Squier J5 Telecaster!

John 5, former guitarist for Rob Zombie and Marlyn Manson

John 5, former guitarist for Rob Zombie and Marlyn Manson

OMG! I can’t believe my eyes! John 5 got fender to build an affordable version of his signature Fender Telecaster J5!

This is the J5 Fender Telecaster (click here)

Fender J5 Telecaster

Fender J5 Telecaster


It’s the Squier J5 Telecaster!!! (click here)

J5 Squier Telecaster!

J5 Squier Telecaster! (on the guitar to zoom)


There are obviously a few differences as you can compare the specs in the links below:

John 5’s Fender J5 Telecaster specs (click here)

John 5’s Squier J5 Telecaster specs (click here)


Compare and contrast between the Fender J5 and the Squier J5:

The shade of black is of the Fender J5 & the Squier J5 differs.. but looks the same to me….

Body of the Fender J5 is Ash, while the Squier’s is Alder.

Neck of the Fender J5 is Maple, ’60’s “C” Shape with Gloss Urethane Finish, while the Squire’s is Maple, with Modern “C” Shape with Gloss Polyester Finish.

John 5 with the J5 Squier Tele

John 5 with the J5 Squier Tele


Both the J5 Fender & Squier uses a Rosewood 12″ radius (305 mm) Fingerboard.

Both also have 22 medium Jumbo frets

The Fender J5 uses a Custom Shop “Twisted” Tele Single-Coil (Neck) and the “Enforcer” Humbucker Pickup (Bridge), while the Squier J5 uses a Custom Humbucker Pickup with Alnico 5 magnets (Neck) and a Custom Humbucker with Ceramic Magnet (Bridge)

Both have same Volume knobs for the Neck and Bridge Pickups.

Both also have the same 3 – position toggle.

J5 Bigsby® Telecaster (click here)

Another of John 5's Fender Telecaster signature custom shop series J5 Bigsby® Telecaster (click here)

The Bridge on the Fender J5 is a American Tele 6-Saddle Bridge for Humbucking Pickup with Chromed Brass Saddles, while the Squier J5 is a 6-Saddle Tele® Bridge with Humbucking Pickup Cutout.

The machine heads of the Fender J5 are the Fender®/Schaller® Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines, whiles the Squier J5 are the Standard Die-Cast Tuners.

The hardware for the Fender J5 is fully chrome while the Squier J5 is a combination of Chrome/Stainless Steel.

The pickguard for the Fender J5 is Chrome while the Squier J5 is a 1-Ply Polished Stainless Steel.

Scale length is the same at 25.5” (648 mm) but the width from the nut for the Fender is 1.6875” (43 mm)and for the Squier is1.650” (42 mm). just a 1 mm difference.

The Unique features are different as well (red colour words means are the same):

Fender J5 : 

Matching Black Painted Headstock,
Bound Top,
Toggle Switch Mounted on Upper Bout,
Chromed Brass Pickguard,
Chrome Switch Tip,
3-Over/3-Under Modified Tele XII Headstock Shape,
No Jack Flat Spot on Body Perimeter,
Dot Position Inlays


Squier J5:

Matching Black Painted Headstock,
Bound Top and Back,
Silver Squier Decal,
Toggle Switch Mounted on Upper Bout,
Chrome Switch Tip,
No Tone Control,
Neck and Bridge Volume Controls are in Opposite Orientation,
White Pearloid Dot Position Inlays,
Narrow Dot Spacing,
Synthetic Bone Nut


Fender J5 comes with a Deluxe Gig Bag while the Squier J5 comes on it’s own (click here to view).


As you can see the vast difference but according to John5 says the Squier J5 sounds exactly the same as his Fender J5 but the main difference is the Price! I do not have the price but it is definately much cheaper to get the Squier J5 than the original Fender replica! All I have to do is change the pickups!

Provided I can convince my dad to get me the Squier J5 🙂

John 5 with his

John 5 slinging his J5 Bigsby® Telecaster Custom Shop Series

For more info on John5.. here  is his official webpage (click here)

John 5’s MySpace (click here)

John 5 on YouTube (click here)

John 5’s other signature guitars on Fender (click here)

John 5’s Equipment on Wiki (click here)

Bio of John 5 (click here)


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