Thoughts on the Fender Custom Shop Jimmy Page Dragon Telecaster - Love it or Hate it

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by derrick_numbers, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. Jimmy Dean

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    The price is a non-starter for me. Why anyone would want an artist signature model in the first place is beyond me anyway.
     
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    You speak most clearly , I don't begrudge others their sentimentality, people are sentimental with regard to possibly every day,date date celebration,tragedy,birth, death, make model color, texture and or everything else imaginable. It's true;) And I would never take the poison pen to the practice, as sentimentality has not to do with me. Who am I to shun the practitioners of this ancient practice.... life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that which in theory we are all assured?:twisted: It is the use of spectacle that I question when used to manipulate others, playing on our need for that which is promised to give the lives of those who seek a sense of self , meaning, the feeling of inclusion that I am appalled by. Materialism and fashion seem shody substitutes of a sense of self worth and existential meaning in a wasteland based on consumerism, only to sink us deeper into the mire of aungst :cry:and absurdity :cry:for profit.:rolleyes: Yes I am prone to the belief that my next purchase will give my life meaning and all of my concerns will melt into a sparkling pool of hope reborn.
    Who's buying the next round of ol' loud-mouth?:D
     
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    I think there is nothing at all wrong with ornament.

    The very first thing humans did as humans was paint pictures in their caves! Decoration is what humans, and a lot of other animals do and have always done.

    I see nothing at all wrong with anyone who wants to imitate someone else's guitar either. Every guitar player imitates someone else's playing to some degree, as almost none of us live in a vacuum, and every one of us as a favorite musician they love to listen to.

    If buying a guitar that's as close to their favorite's as possible mades someone happy and inspires them to play more and get better, better is always good. It's all good.

    Take my opinion with a grain of salt, because there were times when I made my living painting pictures on guitars that cost a lot of money. I do have a vested interest in fancy guitars, though my own preferences in them tend to lean toward simplicity.

    In my guitars.

    When I buy a banjo, I tend to like fancy more than plain, but not so fancy the look takes over completely. I think that comes from the basic banjo's appearance- a drum with a stick on one end of it. A guitar's shape is similar to a beautiful woman's shape and that doesn't ever need much fanciness to be good looking for me.
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    overpriced
     
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    I really like it. The production version looks good for the money and I'd like one, but yes, I would be a little embarrassed at looking like a teenage fanboy. It is more than a bit childish.
    There is no rosewood neck Tele in the house, so maybe I will spend that money on a beat up bargain to fill that hole instead.
     
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    Not for me, but I respect anyones wishes if they buy a sig model. I've owned a few, not CS but normal Mexico made ones, and I just end up selling them on, so, i decided not to buy any more. All power to those that do though.
     
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    Not really a Dragon fan or Signature model guitars or Rosewood fret boards, however, when I played the Page Mirror version I was floored by the fit and finish...tone and ease of play when strung through the Top Loader bridge.... It was resonant without even being plugged in and was very different from any other Tele I have ever owned.... 24 hours after picking up the Page Mirror for the first time .... I took fell head over heals in love! Don't worry, the Mirrors will never be installed lol....

    I am curious about the Dragon as the specs on the Tele seem to be a very good fit..... and it would kind of be nice to have the pair......, I'm not sure I could bring my 61 year old butt to playing the Dragon version..... The Mirror without the Mirrors just looks like a White Tele....
     
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    I think we ought to see some photos of that bad boy :D
     
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    Here you go! The only pic I have so far..... Too busy enjoying to take pics.....lol

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    I should clarify, that mine is NOT the Custom Shop version......lol
     
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    Great looking guitar.
     
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    Nice looking guitar! That’s a guitar I’m tempted to get. It’s got a cool history and I really think the Artist guitars are the cream of the Fender lineup.
     
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    Thank you! The pic from my iPad doesn’t do the guitar justice. Well my playing doesn’t either but that’s another story lol. The grain on the body and fret board are fantastic.
     
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    Well if you’re tempted, Don’t go looking for it and don’t play it! Or you might end up owning it. I’ve owned 3 Tele’s previously 2012 American Standard, 2019 Professional and a 2019 Performer. I wanted to love them all, sadly, for one reason or another, I didn’t bond with any of them. The history is certainly cool, but that’s just an added bonus. Sort of like case candy. It won’t make buy the Page, but it’s nice to have.

    The Artist guitars from Fender are probably the best kept secret assuming the specs fit you! I was actually following the Custom Shop threads and had planned to try a CS Nocaster last Saturday. Well I dropped by my local Music store last Friday night, walked by the white/rosewood Tele a dozen times. I have a thing for blonde/butterscotch so the Nocaster appealed where the Page I just kept overlooking.

    Since my I was there and would be driving in the morning to try the Nocaster, I picked up the Page not knowing anything about the guitar, specs etc. Didn’t even plug it in. It felt different, sounded different and played differently. I put it back still not knowing it was a “Mirrorcaster” lol I didn’t even look at the price tag!

    I did this about 6 or 7 times and decided I better leave or I’d ended up buying it.

    I went home did some research. No bad reviews etc. Amazing sound clips on YouTube, but most of those guys can make a Squire with one bad pick up and 3 strings sound good.

    So I went to bed firm in my belief that I was going to try the CS Nocaster in the morning and then decide.

    So I wake up and can’t get the Page out of my head. So I figure I’ll stop in and try it again, again unplugged to be sure I wouldn’t be tempted.

    Again I was floored! The Least expensive CS was about 35% higher priced than the Page. Then I went through everything again in my head. The neck fit like a glove. The tension on the strings was really easy on my old fingers. Top loaders, do make a difference. The finish was spectacular. Every other Tele I’ve owned had something that wasn’t right from the factory. Some were fit, some were finish. Some could be corrected, some you just had to accept and live with.

    Maybe it was the 59 specs, maybe I was just in the right place at the right time! The tones even unplugged were incredible. So I decided that I needed to take Page home with me and forgo the CS.

    When I got home I finally plugged in to my Twin Reverb and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better? It did!

    The Artist Series is a poor man’s CS with a much more limited number of variations.

    In my opinion, the Page is special. However, it’s based on the fact that it fits what I’m looking for. Someone else may pick it up, and put it Back just as quickly.

    Seriously, it’s worth finding one and at least trying/playing the Mirror! You can thank me later lol
     
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    Thank you for the review and congrats on a keeper! I am always amazed at the amount of antipathy generated by anything new among us guitar players. My father's catchers mitt from the 1930s was a signature model. This is nothing new folks. I am glad to see any departure from the standard BSB. I have a BSB, it's nice but variety is too. Good for Jimmy Page in taking new interest in a musical period of his life. If it costs a bit to join in those memories, so be it, but I am glad for these models.
     
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    Well, I think I’ll have to see if the local shop has one. I looked on Sweetwater and the photos look fantastic. I’m in no hurry but it’s a really compelling guitar. I’m a little concerned that it’ll make me reevaluate my small collection of guitars.
     
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    Don't fear reevaluation embrace it...It's how I found "Paige" well at least what I named her.....surprise....

    Sweetwater is a really good company and while I've purchased a couple of items that I couldn't get in Canada, it's easier to buy locally if price is close due to the support. That said their service is first class and their website is a great resource when shopping....

    Oh and I wasn't in a hurry either until I felt and heard the Tele....my collection is now complete...... Lester is my 2018 Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cutaway. (TV Yellow)....Slim taper neck, P90's and now my second favourite......and finally Winston. A 2014 Epiphone Revolution Casino....P90's, slim taper neck, hollow body that eliminates my need for an acoustic and gives my a sound that is different from Paige and Lester...The fit and finish may not be in the class of the other 2, it's a lot of fun to play and a cut above the standard entry level Casino....being sold currently.

    The Sweetwater photo's are excellent... and a good representation, however, they don't do the guitar justice.....Just saying!

    Oh and I hope that the Dragon pictures don't do justice either....lol
     
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    I have this model, but with no pickguard, in the rectangular gold case, and it’s a great sounding and feeling player.
     
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