It seems that John Mayer loves watches almost as much as he loves guitars, particularly if they’re based on classic ‘80s Casio portable keyboards.
Back in 2020, the guitarist brought us a signature G-SHOCK watch inspired by the Casio SK-5 sampling keyboard that he owned as a child, and then came a follow-up that aped the design of the PT-80 ‘board.
Now Mayer and watch specialist Hodinkee have returned with the G-SHOCK 6900-PT1, which they say completes their trilogy of timepieces. This time, the muse is the Casio PT-1 - the very first keyboard that Mayer ever owned.
To mark the occasion, the Slow Dancing In A Burning Room hitmaker has filmed a tongue-in-cheek video in which he runs through the PT-1’s not-so-extensive feature set and shows you how to play it. You get to hear its four sounds, which include a “faithful” recreation of an acoustic grand piano, the Fantasy patch - “it sounds almost identical to a fantasy” - a violin and a flute.
Mayer also discusses some of the PT-1’s limitations, such as its monophonic nature (“you cannot play a chord”) and the ‘missing’ C key at the top of the highest octave. As he points out, though, “working within those limitations is what creates a real young artist”.
With its “dusty blue” case and strap, the new Mayer G-SHOCK borrows the PT-1’s styling; the peach, coral and turquoise circles that highlight the three elements of the Triple Graph display also nod to the keyboard.
The darker grey used on the illuminator button was drawn from the PT-1’s sharp and flat keys, while the four indicators for the buttons share the navy colour used on the PT-1’s text.
Sadly, the $180 G-SHOCK 6900-PT1 is already sold out, but you can check out Mayer’s PT-1 video above.