"Standard Features" is sort of a misnomer as every guitar that John makes is somewhat unique. What remains constant within the different series is primarily the body size shape, and the general tonal qualities. Although standard may also imply, "normal or everyday" be assured that these "standard" features are high quality. For example John does not use Indian Rosewood for fretboards and bridges. Although a good choice for back and sides, it is not a great fretboard material. John found that Ebony is one of the best choices for fretboards and obtains high quality ebony for use on his guitars. Whether a "standard-featured" model or a "collector-series" show guitar, both guitars will get the same high quality ebony.
Standard Features include: Ebony Fingerboard and Bridge, Sitka Spruce Top, Mahogany Neck with Laminates of maple, rosewood, ebony etc. The necks have a custom made titanium truss rod along with the Stealth truss rod cover at the headstock. John's refined headstock now sports his SSP (Straight String Pull) with a fully compenstated bone nut (and saddle.) The guitars also have Gotoh 510 Tuning machines, Hardwood Bindings and Purfling (Top, Back and Side), Back Stripe, Standard Rosette. John now includes a (Wood) Bound Headstock and Rear Headstock Veneer as s Standard Feature. In addition the fretboard is now bound as a standard feature. Use the "Options" Menu for information regarding upgrade features