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Fender Artist Series Jimmy Page Dragon Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by jbylake, May 22, 2020 at 2:06 AM.

  1. jbylake

    jbylake Regular Dude Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Hello everyone. I just ordered a Fender Artist Series Jimmy Page signature Dragon Tele. I should be here by Saturday. This is my first non-American Fender and I'm wondering if anyone knows if the Fender labeled locking tuners Will would fit this MIM model.

    Actually Jimmy Page said these guitars are as close as possible to his original "Dragon", so I'm thinking about just leaving the stock ones in. Also, what do you think about that, if you care to reply.

    Thanks ahead.

    J.
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  2. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member

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    I would leave it be. I want one of those. I look forward to hearing about your impressions.
     
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    Bladesg Funk Meister Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Leave it for at least enough time to determine whether you like it the way it is.
     
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  4. jbylake

    jbylake Regular Dude Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well do. I think it was a bit expensive for a MEX Strat,, Most folks are asking retail for new, I found this guitar at a music store that was just wanting to find it a home (demo), and they went from $1395 to $1100 shipped. Nobody else would budge from MSRP for a new one. jumped on that as fast as I could hit the buy button.. I'll give a NGD day first impressions post when it actually gets here.

    J.
     
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  5. fezz parka

    fezz parka Duke of Dilligaf Strat-Talk Supporter

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    There's nothing wrong with the split shaft tuners. I'd leave it be.

    The fun part is it's a top loader like a 59 Tele. Changes the feel a bit.
     
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    jbylake Regular Dude Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I agree about the tuners, but I just got lazy and spoiled on them over the years....:cool:
     
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  7. jbylake

    jbylake Regular Dude Strat-Talk Supporter

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    His was a '59 Tele. Thus the copy.:D
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That looks really cool!

    IMO the split shaft tuners are the best tuners ever made. The day those saw the light is the day the R&D department could have taken a permanent vacation, knowing that they had perfected guitar tuners.
     
  9. Skinny Nitro

    Skinny Nitro Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Not a great lover of the vintage-style Ping tuners used on MiMs.
    A good locking drop-in upgrade would be the Gotoh SD91 MG-T, slightly better ratio of 15:1 against 14:1 and they just feel more 'solid'.
    The Custom Shop version of the 'Dragon' uses the Fender logo'd Gotoh SD91 non-locking tuners.
     
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    fezz parka Duke of Dilligaf Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah...I know that. So is Jim Campilongo's. The top loader is a different feel from the string through. I've owned both and prefer the string through.

    I have a few Teles.

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    This one was a top loader.

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    Deafsoundguy Strat-Talker

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    Yeah man it’s a really cool looking guitar. I came within a whisker of buying one 2 days ago when I couldn’t find a new Fender Daybreak Tele in North America. The only reason I didn’t was I read all the reviews on Sweetwater and decided it wasn’t for me and I’d buy the only used Daybreak anywhere and that one is on the way!!!

    Don’t want to be a buzzkill dude but make sure you read ALL the Sweetwater reviews so you’ll know exactly what to expect. That said, everyone says it plays great so I’m sure you will enjoy plugging it in. I’ll bet you’re as excited as I am waiting for my first Tele ever! I should get mine by next Friday :)
     
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  12. CB91710

    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    To answer the OP's question, best I can tell from the images on Fender's site, no, the standard Fender 2-pin locking tuners will not be a "plug and play" replacement the way they would be on a standard production US or MiM neck.
    That has the traditional Kluson style tuners with two screws securing it from behind and a pressed-in bushing.
    You *can* get locking replacements, but not from Fender.
    Personally, on a $1400 JP signature model, I'd leave it 100% alone and not change a thing.
     
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    Paperback Rocker Can you feel the love tonight? Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Leave the tuners!

    (say that in an Arnold voice)
     
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    jbylake Regular Dude Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Got it today and either I'm getting really old, or that's the heaviest Fender case I've ever lifted.:whistling:
    Thank you and I'm going to leave it bone stock. Just need to get it to the tech who does all of my work, and get a new set-up done. Just a little high for my tastes, but really not too bad, but everyone has different tastes as I'm sure you well know.
    Thanks to everyone who offered their opinions/expertise.
    J.:)
     
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    Bladesg Funk Meister Strat-Talk Supporter

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    jbylake Regular Dude Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Will do. Going to wait until I can get the set-up done, and I can play it for a couple of hours. That way I can do a "first impressions" thread with confidence, and post some pics at the same time. Actually there is a pic of it at the start of the thread. It's the same guitar at the music store that I bought it from. Just one full sized pic, so not much info there, but It'll give you a look, in case you haven't seen one of these for some reason or another.

    J:)
     
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  17. jbylake

    jbylake Regular Dude Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wow! You have a whole herd of Tele's don't you. I've just got the two, currently. A 60th Anniversary and now this one. Looks like some nice guitars.:D
     
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