Ex Fender Custom Shop John Page launches Japanese made guitars

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  1. telesquire

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    Wow, these certainly look good value for money. A chance for everyone to own one of his creations now. I am really tempted.

    http://www.johnpageclassic.com/
     
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    Very well done videos that run you through what makes a John Page guitar a John Page guitar. Upon looking at the order page, the asking price seems more than reasonable for a guitar that has had all the benefits of John's accumulated skills go into the design, and as with most high end versions of Leo's orig. concept, its the little improvements that make the big difference. At this price point, I'm fairly certain John Page will get the attention of players who are looking for a step-up in guitar quality, for as little wallet pain as possible. Looks to be a well above average, first rate execution of a classic electric guitar concept. Wishing John Page only good things on his venture.
     
  3. JDutch

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    I'm sure that many copies making S-style and T-style knock offs have good designers and know how at the top level. Seems like the actual problem is with using the cheapest possible parts and labor to mass produce guitars.
     
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    Pretty cool!......I like that he takes an established design and does his own tweaks to it to come up with a product with some uniqueness....
     
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    Looks like a great working guitar, I'd love one.
     
  6. Shark Sandwich

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    meh. . .the design does nothing for me.
     
  7. TheClev

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    ^^^ It does nothing for me, either.
     
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    What could be done to a Strat that would keep it a Strat and have that "wow, it really speaks to me!" mojo? Probably nothing.

    It's another good Strat-style guitar to add to the mountain, no magic, just a shiny new tool.
     
  9. cardinal

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    As far as non-Strat headstocks go for Strat-style guitar, I like that one a lot. Very simple, but it works well IMHO. Much nicer than most (like the Kramer-ish Suhr/Anderson design).
     
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    With a lifetime guarantee?! Count me in.
     
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    I think their simplicity and perfect versatility constitute the genius in Leo Fender's creative works. I doubt if a derivative of any of his designs will necessarily be better than the originals as far as specs go, unless superior craftsmanship is involved in, say, fretwork or set-ups, which to me seems unlikely to happen in any mass production scenario. In all due respect, if I were a Strat person, I'd just get a Strat that I liked and take it to a good tech for an overall fret and nut check-up, then set it up, and that would be it, rather than seek slightly modified alternatives in wishful thinking.

    Completely custom shop made instruments excepted...
     
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  12. Tone_Terrific

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    It's a strat with a nice choice of tweaks, imo.
    Nothing grounbreaking but things not found on the usual Fender lineup.
    More attractive than the usual Strat but neck feel is always personal so YMMV.

    Magic..the designer says!!
     
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    The reverse slanted bridge pickup is the only part that looks strange to me. Otherwise I think it is a nice looking Strat copy.
     
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    Love the body.

    Wish it had a better headstock shape. That one looks a bit too much like the one on my $140 SX Liquid. It's not terrible, but could be better, IMO.
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    Love it, if I had the cash and was looking for a new guitar I'd grab one in a heartbeat vs. all of the standard strat types out there. It's less than many builders who are making clones with run of the mill parts (Warmoth, USACG, etc...)
     
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    Nothing. If I want a Strat, I want a Strat. That's why I admire Reverend, who has the guts to make a Strat copy that doesn't try to look like a Strat.
     
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    Personally i'd much rather go with a fender MIJ. I ordered a gorgeous 62 custom tele from ishibashi recently and paid $683 shipped and i assure you these Page guitars are not better made aside from maybe the switch and pickups. In fact, the closeup of the truss rod channel looked a but sloppy unlike anything you'd ever find on a current MIJ fender. Plus when you buy a non standard design like that good luck selling it. I've tried to sell non traditional models many times and it's an exercise in futility, while a fender will sell easier/quicker and for less of a loss.
     
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    :agree
     
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    I like it. I only wish there was an American made option for those who want to support our economy and like the idea of an American made guitar.
     
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    D'Pergo headstock shape?
     

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