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Graduated with a BA in Advertising from Glasgow University. Played guitar strangely with several unknown Gothic Rock bands. Postgraduate study PgDip, in Industrial Design from Hull University. Now writing, designing and blogging on guitardesignreviews.com and taiwanduck.com.


  1. Edgar
    June 13, 2011 @ 1:08 am

    Nice read, good info. I also have two Strats, a Squire Pro Tone from 98/99 and an American Fender Deluxe Plus from the same year, both with maple boards. Obviously very different examples, but each has their own strengths.
    I’ll have to revisit them more closely after reading your piece and see just how many “not so obvious” differences I can find.

    • MarkGDR
      June 13, 2011 @ 8:51 am

      Thanks for the feedback Edgar. I’ve never heard of the Squier Pro Tone. Have you kept both guitars in their original configuration or tweaked and improved them a little? Cheers, Mark

  2. Richard
    July 22, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    Hey Mark. I had a Squier Protone back a while ago. The Protone model was made in Korea. They had very, very good quality in all aspects. They stopped bringing them to the US about the time the Mexican plant came on line.

    • MarkGDR
      July 22, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

      I’ve had a couple of Korean guitars and they were great, probably because South Korea is a first-world country with pride in their work and quality standards. Cheapskate corporations moving production to China is terrible IMHO! Thanks for the comment Richard.

  3. Guy
    November 26, 2011 @ 4:22 am

    I scored a Westone ’82 Concord II, strat like guitar. the guy who traded it to me thought it a real POS, but I redid all the electronics, dropped an orange cap in and my goodness is it one Sweet Japanese strat. i feel its comparable to some MIA strats of today! Never heard of westone guitars before that, very nice guitar, the pups wipe the floor with stock MIM strat pups of today no doubt. Also glad your enjoying your G3 😉

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    • MarkGDR
      November 26, 2011 @ 9:38 am

      I remember when the Westone range came out with many of them sporting active pickups. My best friend at the time got a Westone Thunder bass, so much tonal variation was available from that bass, played nicely and was priced to be affordable too (we were at high school). I think I will enjoy my Zoom G3 for as long as I have a will to play guitar! Does everything I need. But will be getting the expression pedal FP02 soonish!

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