26 Mr Tubs 3 years ago i respectfully disagree. i think getting a sig model or not getting a sig model based on the artist that is affiliated with it are two sides of the same coin.Couple years ago i was looking for a Jazzmaster. i knew what i wanted but those specs were hard to find. Then comes along this artist sig model, Troy Van Leeuwen. never heard of the guy. Still have no clue who he is and i don't care, it doesn't matter. What matter is now Fender makes a Jazzmaster with: - American Vintage '65 pups - Bound Rosewood - Block inlays - Mustang bridge everything i wanted and all at a decent price. don't care for the colour too much or the matching headstock. but c'est la vie. 10 years ago similar situation with the John Mayer Stratocaster. it was like a custom strat made for me. best strat pick ups I've ever played. i do know who JM is and i think he's a great blues player. love his tone. but it's not about that. i don't even play any of his songs. never did.Artist model are great because they often make tweaks on classic specs. variety and choice is a good thingand sometimes its a new design...That Les Paul guy made an artist model with Gibson, that seems to have worked out pretty well for a lot of people who never heard his music. Chet Atkins too. . .