JOHN PAGE, JAPAN, CIRCA 2015
JOHN PAGE, JAPAN, CIRCA 2015
JOHN PAGE, JAPAN, CIRCA 2015
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JOHN PAGE, JAPAN, CIRCA 2015

A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, JOHN PAGE CLASSIC

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JOHN PAGE, JAPAN, CIRCA 2015
A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, JOHN PAGE CLASSIC
The logo JOHN PAGE CLASSIC applied to the headstock and JPC / Made In Japan ink stamped on the reverse, the finish of a white colour, together with an original hard-shell case with strap, tremolo bar, adjustment tools and manufacturer's literature
Length of back 16 in. (40.4 cm.)
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Mark Knopfler plans to donate no less than 25% of the total hammer price received, to be split equally between The British Red Cross Society (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 220949, Scotland with charity number SC037738, Isle of Man with charity number 0752, and Jersey with charity number 430), Brave Hearts of the North East (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1006247) and the Tusk Trust Limited (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1186533).

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Howard Swimmer, founder of John Page Classic, presented Mark Knopfler with this guitar on 13 October 2015 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during the 2015 Tracker Tour. A second guitar was presented to guitarist Richard Bennett, who recorded the event in his 2015 online tour diary: 'Just before sound check both Mark and I were introduced to a new guitar line designed by John Page who worked for Fender for many years and started their custom shop back in the 1980s. After John left Fender, he began building beautiful custom instruments and has recently partnered with Howard Swimmer to design and manufacture John Page Classics… a custom-production guitar. Howard brought two guitars that Mark and I played and we took to them straight away. The look, quality, feel and sound are all immediately evident.' Often presented with guitars on tour, Knopfler told us: 'I always try to see them, always try to play ‘em, and always gave them a fair shake because, you know, you realise what a thing you’ve taken on if you want to build something - and build something well.' On receipt, every guitar would spend time in Mark’s hands so he could get an idea of the sound and where a particular guitar might fit in a particular song. This guitar was used by folk musician Mike McGoldrick for performances of the song ‘Silvertown Blues’ on Knopfler’s 2019 Down The Road Wherever Tour.

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