Christopher Burke, Roslindale, Massachusetts, and Brian Lovely, Columbus, Ohio, recently took delivery of the John Page Classic Ashburn guitars they won in this year’s American Cancer Society/Team Josie Relay for Life raffle.
“The attention to detail in the fittings and finish is immediately evident,” said Burke. “Cosmetically, it’s just perfect – same with the fretwork. Nice hardware, too! Before even plugging it in, you can hear and feel that there’s more resonance and sustain than you’d expect from a bolt-on neck. Clearly, the joint, with its metal insets, is magic.
“The contour on the joint is a plus out of proportion to its simplicity,” he added. “It fits the heel of my hand perfectly when going for the high frets.”
The best part, though, happens once it’s plugged in, he noted.
“It has bell-like harmonics and great natural sustain. The pickups are nice and quiet, too! The back-slanted bridge pickup is an obvious improvement; it’s amazing you don’t see it more commonly offered by manufacturers.”
“You can tell that a lot of thought went into the design and build of this guitar!” he said.
The raffle was sponsored by Vintage Guitar magazine, John Page Classic Guitars, Analog Man, Southworth Guitars, Electro-Harmonix, TrueFire, Gruhn Guitars, Dave’s Guitar Shop, and GuitarShopTees. This year’s Team Josie Relay for Life team raised more than $13,000.