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GALLERY: Gear of the Month 2012

See all 12 unique instruments featured as Gear of the Month in 2012.

October: 1985 Fender Performer
"John Pageуs Performer was commissioned in 1985 to combat lost sales to the рsuper stratsс that were flooding the market in the mid-у80s. In January of that year, CBS sold the company to Bill Schultz and nine other employees and distributors for $12.5 million. Page continued on with the Performer project and readied it for production once FMIC was in control of the company. However, within the agreement, the newly formed FMIC wouldnуt gain ownership or access to the currently standing Fullerton facilities so they were forced to continue importing lower-priced instruments and Fender moved ahead with production and the instrument was made in Fujigen, Japan."