NGD!! Page Dragon

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Kezzell, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Kezzell

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    I received my Page Tele today. I already own the mirror telecaster. I am actually setting up the tele as I type this. These guitars are night and day in terms of quality. The Mirror telecaster is one of the nicest guitars I have ever owned. The dragon, not so much. It’s all small things, but you shouldn’t experience with a guitar that cost around $1000. Most of the pickguard screws are drilled too big. The nut is slotted a little off but not too bad. I plan on replacing it anyway. The strings bind with the factory 10’s. I changed them to 9.5’s and lubed the nut. The frets are so dull, my normal polishing cloths that I use to polish them won’t even knock it off. The guitar plays decent up and down the neck. I do not understand why they used the road worn neck on a very glossy guitar. The neck has checking which is part of the road worn thing but is not tinted to a vintage look. I’m probably going to take the guitar and have it set up professionally and have the nut replaced, and frets polished. The neck has a little too much relief but I’m going to give it a couple of days before I adjust it to let it acclimate to my house. I owned a fiesta red vintera, and it was much nicer out of the box. I added a couple of quick pictures but will add more later.
     

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    I will add that they do sound slightly different. The mirror has warmer overtones and seems to break my blues jr up a little more. Neither are as warm as my American original. The nut is cut a little high in the dragon. I really need to invest in some nut files. Besides the dull frets, they seem to be laser level.
     
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    Bummer about the factory setup. At least it looks cool!
     
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    Yeah it’s like I said, it’s not too bad but could be a little better. None of the stores around Nashville ever have them in stock so I had to go online. It’s always a toss up.
     
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    That Dragon looks pretty darn cool!
     
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    Congrats, the grain looks nice and its cool you get a 2 piece body. Strange they used the road worn neck but cool again that it appears to be rosewood and must be lacquer finished if it's checking.
     
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    It looks cool, but as stated earlier, too bad it really wasn't finished or quality checked at the factory. I know you were counting on it, but if it were me, I would request a replacement. Since they're still making them, shouldn't be a problem with a legit seller. My $.02...
     
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    Really sharp! Congrats - sounds like it will be an awesome player once’s the nut issue is fixed!
     
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    I apologise, off topic sort of, but that mirror Tele looks fantastic.
     
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    Yeah I was torn on the grain. I looked at several. I’m too Gibson when it comes to wood. I always prefer center seam. There were a few on reverb that were offset which is how the original is but I wasn’t into the grain of them as much. According to the site, they went with a satin nitro neck and a gloss urethane body. I’m going to sun tan it a bit to darken it all up some. The dragon one as opposed to the mirror one has a more bright metallic sound. I need to play with the pickup heights a little. I think it maybe the saddles. If it was a normal MIM Tele, I would go brass to warm it up a bit. I want to keep the threaded saddles. They look different and have a different part number then that mirror Tele. I have a pack of the fender American vintage ones. I wonder if they are different metal. I may change them out to the vintage ones next time I string it.
     
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    Yeah I can’t bring myself to put the mirrors on it.
     
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