Model provides the magic touch of John Page – former co-founder of Fender’s Custom Shop – in a production guitar
ohn Page Classic brings the custom design experience of John Page – formerly Fender Custom Shop co-founder and among one of the most well-respected living custom luthiers – to production guitars, by launching the Ashburn. The double cutaway, hard body Ashburn was designed by John Page, produced to his standards in a Japanese workshop and set up in the US.
“The Ashburn has all the design features in my hand built custom guitars,” explains John Page. “It’s the culmination of my nearly 40 years building custom guitars, and through John Page Classic I’m now able to make the Page custom design experience available to more people.”
John Page Classic is a sub-brand of HRS Unlimited, a new company founded by MI veteran Howard Swimmer. “In a market characterised by custom guitars on the one hand and production guitars on the other, the Ashburn is a new alternative – the first ‘custom production’ guitar,” says Swimmer.
The Ashburn offers several John Page custom design features: bass-justified fret dots, staggered Gotoh tuners, threaded machine bolt neck assembly and new custom-voiced Bloodline By John Page JP-1 pickups with the bridge pickup reverse-slanted.
John Page co-founded and led Fender Custom Shop for its first 12 years, creating guitars for the likes of Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and David Gilmour, as well as designing guitars with Harley Davidson, Playboy and Jaguar automobiles.
The Ashburn retails for $1,499 (approx. £1,000), plus $100 for an optional hard shell case with John Page Classic logo. For more details visit www.johnpageclassic.com/ashburn/