, whose bio reads like a who's-who of modern guitar manufacture.
He has built and/or designed guitars for Yamaha, Fender, Taylor, Musicman, G&L, and Ibanez, and countless big name players, as well as writing columns for Guitar Player mag.
This one comes in a high gloss black finish with features that include neck-thru construction, dual Carvin humbuckers, Carvin/Wilkinson fulcrum tremolo, graphite nut, Sperzel locking tuners, Ebony fretboard with block inlays, active electronics with easy access battery door on back, indestructible stainless steel frets, and Schaller locking strap pins.
He maintained his Venice Beach, CA factory for 30 years, before moving to a larger place in ' guitars, I sent John some pics and called him to pick his brain.
He said this was typical of the guitars he was building in the mid-80's and that it was probably around an '85 model.
The paintwork is yet to be resprayed, chances are it will be left in its current state, not risk removing the original paint, as the paint is only slightly chipped, and doesn’t degraded the overall design.
It now has a earth wire so it should be slightly safer than how it was when I bought it.