I'm a huge fan, but always have to explain him to people. Listen to "Out of my Mind" on his live CD/DVD "Where The Light Is" and you'll be blown away.
P.S- His signature strat kicks ass, one of the best sounding pick-ups I've heard.
Mayer doesn't seem to show any humility and that just rubs me the wrong way. He writes "sensitive" songs yet, he seems to be working down the Maxim Top 100 list.
I got the "Where the Light Is" album a couple of months ago, and I really enjoy it. I often play it on the way to work, when I want to calm my mind.
I like the acoustic section, the "Bluest Trio" stuff interests me least, and the dreaded "pop" stuff I really dig. The style is light and soothing, but the songwriting, lyrrics and playing are all top notch. "Gravity" is possibly my favourite, but I dig all those songs. I have posted some tab books form him on my Xmas wish-list. I'd like the DVD, but having the album, I'll probbaly pass.
Beats me why any guitar player would hate Mayer. Maybe cos chicks dig him, and jealousy kicks in, but his playing is tight and serious, and he is putting out music with guitar at the front.
Knocking him for copping SRV on a PJ forum is a bit daft though, Mike freely admits Ten was crammed with every SRV lick he knew, and big deal about that too.