Now that I'm back from NAMM and having seen all of the guitars up close at the Fender booth, I have a few praises, comments and criticisms. First the Praises: 1) Paul Waller selecting Cathedral Grain pattern with a clear plastic template from thousand of feet of ash planks and building the bodies as two piece off center, as on Jimmy's dragon takes a lot of time and effort. As he points out the grain pattern really was very much apart of the character of the guitar. The Dragon is a living object and paying respect to the wood of the guitar is important in my opinion. That took care and craftsmanship. Paul deserves a lot of credit and respect for how the CS tele body came out in this build. 2) Paul and his team flew to England and measured the neck and the claim here is that the neck is the exact shape as Page's. If this guitar really is "Excalibur" as Jimmy referred to it in his press release interview, then the Neck is the sword. The bow was the wand, but the neck was his sword. If it is the neck from the original, the fact that he pulled if off the guitar and put it on B-Bender a guitar that in his later part of Zeppelin and the Firm, shows how much he loved it. The phrasing on the Chopin Etude on the ARMS concert is an example of how much he evolved with this neck. 3) The Diffraction grating film under the pickguard is correct. Maybe a little overstated as the film Page used wasn't as strong as this sheet. I hate seeing people build this guitar with aluminum foil or some other garbage. This type of sheet Jimmy Page refers to in the recent Fender Promotional interview as the "7th Element". An interesting reference to Helena Blavatsky. Page as always maintained the Diffraction grating ( a term used for the sheets on CD's) he placed under the perspex pick-guard as giving off Rainbow colors. “Yes. There was work done on it but only afterwards. I painted it; everyone painted their guitars in those days. And I had reflective plastic sheeting underneath the pick guard that gives rainbow colors.” ~ July 77 Guitar World Steve Rosen Interview 4) Jimmy Page chose, supplied and applied (some of) the colors/paints onto the guitars directly. This is cool as as it should be. Lets face it ta lot of the $25K is for the Autograph. Because a more accurate 59' build does not cost anywhere near this. Hell you can get a real 59 for under $25K. Very close and yes many sell at or above but I own a 58 and 59 and I didnt pay anywhere near that. 5) Love that both versions of the guitar are offered. As they are linked visually. NO CIRCLES ARE NOT A NOD TO SYD BARRETT. The Circles are a reference to the Dragon. So a "SET" of guitars is a great metophor to their actual significance. And Yes the Mirrored STICKERS were applied before most people ever saw SYD's. I doubt Jimmy Saw SYD's prior to DECEMBER 66, when they were applied not FEB 67 as Fender claims they may have been applied. 6) Watching the young kids pickup and play the cheaper Dragon was awesome. They loved it. And that to me is the best part of this project. The comments/criticisms: 1) I'm surprise Fender and Jimmy didn't try and go for an as it was look. Relic'ing to some extent like on the Mirror'd version. The under the pickguard ripples, cloudy appearance, bleed through paint, and markings. None of these are present and absolutely could have been achieved with known photos. 2) The MIRRORS were NOT actual mirrors. They were metal reflective stickers that got stuffed in time and needed to be constantly polished to keep them refecting and they had NO GLASS on them. So why do that now? Just simply not accurate. Also FENDER Does't ship these ON THE GUITAR but rather IN THE CASE. Why because they don't want to be accountable for the double sided sticker to damage the finish. Lame. 3) The neck doesn't have clay markers on the Custom Shop. Really? Why? That's what JP's neck had. 4) I'm confused about the Signature on the back of the neck. Is it only on the White Mirrored CS version? Seems as though if you want that awesome graph you need to buy both. Wow! Really? Please correct me if I'm wrong. 5) The Dragon doesn't seem to be finished. NONE of the Yellow paint between the Red & Green & Orange lines are present. Its just raw wood where there was clearly YELLOW paint on the actual guitar. There isn't even Yellow on the Made in "Ensenada" version. 6) The MIM version is like a bulky sticker that is raised off the body. I could have been a silk screen or some other option but its dull in color and feels weird. 7) Lastly, while I get that the drawing was re-illustrated with Page's supervision, its close but off in sections. Out of proportion and the fine lines and corners of the original which to my eye look to have been painted with a razor cut stencil are simply rounded in corners making it look like a bad art students rendition. If the original was done with such accuracy (with what seems to be an easier approach), why was't this one? 8- The pick-guard is too big on the top arc and covers the Serpent lower mouth. Hides the essence of the visual object. Covering key parts of the image, hides its meaning. Maybe thats what Page wanted who knows but its more because Fender based this pick-guard off of an actual Telecaster pick-guard shape and not the CUSTOM one made for page. Which was no where to be seen in the onsite Fender visit photos. 9) That Fullerton 3 way switch in the pics, the 50062 bottom stamped Neck plate (1959-60) and a Feb 58 neck? Really? This guitar is mysteriously a major Mutt/Partscaster. Hard to believe that the neck and NECK PLATE are so far apart. Something smells fishy here. The body has all the grain pattern markings of the real Dragon. But something is fishy to me. Did Page really pull this neck back off of the B-Bender. The paint makings on the neck heel are interesting but who sands off the date stamp INSIDE a pickup cavity and neck cavity? That is some serious sanding that this guitar had. You would think it was a gun used in a murder or something. 10) Has else noticed the the white rope around the bridge pickup as NO PAINT ON IT WHAT SOEVER? What happened to the myth of the body be being painted over ruining the bridge pickup? Did this pickup get rewound and rewrapped with new cloth? The rosin build up on the magnet poles could not be seen in the video and is not in the relic'ing so.... Those magnet/rubber spacers are cool but simply keep the pickup in place. I'm sure some audiophiles will say the magnets do something. Well lets hopefully see what the custom wind output ends up being when they are in the hands of buyers. I think the $2500 Mirrored version is a great guitar. And a silk screen/autograph is worth it to me. I see myself buying one. I'll probably stripe it and paint my own Dragon.