In the last 24 hours various news outlets have claimed, there is a new Fender John 5 Ghost Telecaster signature model in the pipeline. This all relates to a YouTube video dated 7 September 2021. During this rundown of John 5’s live guitar rig, his tech mentions that Fender is putting the nearly all-white guitar into production sometime soon.
Fender John 5 Ghost Telecaster
This Fender John 5 Ghost Telecaster could be the latest in a long series of John 5 signature model Telecasters. John 5 has had something like half a dozen signature models, including Fender Custom Shop runs, both US-made production and Mexican-made production models, plus two Squires and an acoustic! Therefore, he has certainly got a good relationship with Fender.
The Ghost Telecaster was spotted back on 31 May 2018 when he shared the then-new signature model via his Instagram account. At the time he was quoted as saying that he wanted an all-white Telecaster, like the Fender Supreme Stratocaster. Just that he wanted red binding and a few red highlights to the design for his version.
“Yeah. We’re calling it The Ghost, and it is beautiful. It’s all white. It’s got red binding, red pickups and hardware. And it is gorgeous. It is an amazing sounding guitar and an amazing playing guitar. It’s just one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while, and I love it. You know, it’s been in the works for a while and everything came to a screeching halt in 2019. It is just an unbelievable guitar. And yes, it is coming to fruition very soon.” – John 5
Now that the global pandemic has calmed down a bit, we may actually see a production version of this John 5 signature Ghost Telecaster and that could potentially be quite soon.
Specifications appear to be a single volume knob and a kill switch, plus a pair of red DiMarzio humbucking pickups. As I understand it the mirrored pickguard and Telecaster control plate will be all one piece, rather than the traditional two separate parts. But, will the Ghost be a production model or a Custom Shop only release?
I’m guessing that the all-white fretboard will be expensive to manufacture. Though there was a similar-looking painted fretboard on the Fender So-Cal Speed Shop Strat and that from memory I believe was a Korean-made production model, rather than a Custom Shop release.
Check out the video interview and rundown of John 5’s touring guitar rig below.
- Supreme Fender Stratocaster in white: Supreme
- John 5 summoning ghosts with his playing: Instagram/John 5
- Fender So-Cal Speed Shop Strat: Reverb