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Friday

New John Page - Ashburn Guitars

photo cred: www.hrsunlimited.com

April 10, 2015
The buzz is building on John Page's new line of guitars, particularly the highly affordable Ashburn. Gotta love someone with the balls to reverse the bridge pickup angle in a Strat-type. Okay, so why would that take any balls? Good question. It's just that you never see it, Fender has never offered it as a pickguard option and other builders aren't doing it-- at least on a noticeable scale, Suhr? Grosh? Tyler? Anderson? Tuttle? Anyone you know?

Always made sense to me for tightening up the low end response and fattening the high strings. And besides, ever heard of Jimi Hendrix?

ANYWAY... 

For those who don't know, John Page co-founded Fender Custom Shop, is a Masterbuilder and was a key designer there for several years. Whole lotta FCS COA's out there with this signature. The Ashburn model featured above is a John Page design built in Japan to sell at a budget friendly $1500 sub-boutique price point (less than an EJ Artist Strat). It has Gotoh hardware, nifty & streamlined bolt neck/insert design for better resonance and easier high fret access, NO string trees needed and special pickups by "Bloodline" I'm trying to find more about...

Page is partnering with another industry giant, Howard Swimmer of Premier Builder's Guild fame, now HRS Unlimited & Bloodline Pickups. 

Visit www.johnpageclassic.com for the full scoop on John's line as well as video interview with him.

Also see: Guitar World Feature






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Tuesday

Sneak Peeks at New Swope Guitars Models

Swope Guitars MG Prototype
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Swope Guitars GTO Prototype

Swope Guitars Geronimo - GP 2014 Editor's Pick
 March 17, 2015

Chris Swope hit the ground running last year with raves on his Geronimo S-type model. Now he's giving us a sneak peek at his newest Tele-type platforms the MG & GTO.


And for the moment, those 2 top photos are all we have for you. So we'll just have to keep watching the Swope Guitars site and Facebook page for updates.

Meanwhile for those new to Swope, Chris is an alum of Sadowsky and Gibson Custom Shop as well as more recently the director of Musician's Friend's Private Reserve guitars. 

After jettisoning from MFPR, he has wasted no time getting his own personal dream guitar designs to the public. Top boutique dealers i.e. Wildwood Guitars, The Music Zoo & Chicago Music Exchange already stock the award winning Geronimo models. Greg Koch and Dave Weiner demo vids are on YouTube. It's also reported that Jimi Hazel, John Oates & Kenny Vaughan are using Geronimos.  (CHECK THE LINKS!)

So a lot was accomplished in 2014! 

Discover more about Swope Guitars at the links above!







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Thursday

Fender Fun Facts - Oswald's Fender Rifle Strap??

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Where's the whammy bar?
 March 12, 2015
Guest Blog by Will Turner

 Fender Fun Facts - Stranger than Fiction: 

In 1963, after President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle (said to belong to Lee Harvey Oswald), was recovered from the Texas Book Depository Building. Attached to the gun, rather than a sling, was a Fender thin-line leather guitar strap quite popular at the time. 


My first conscious memory of hearing the words “Fender Guitar” was from the TV News Media discussing this strap attached to that dastardly rifle, leading to the obvious questions never asked by the Warren Commission: Did Oswald have a strapless ’62 Stratocaster squirreled away in wife Marina’s closet, perhaps next to a mint Tweed Deluxe, maybe an intermittently working phone-style coiled guitar cord, so prevalent in that era, tucked away in the case along with open packs of Chesterfield Kings and Black Diamonds missing the high E? A Herco pick or two? The Truth is Out There!


Oswald's garage band The Patsys. "I'm just a patsy!!!"

Will Turner is a Houston based writer/musician/guitarist/composer/cartoonist.



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