Awesome John is not called that name for any old reason - a great musician - check out exactly why he really is the best gunslinger in town...
Awesome John, also known as Asim Can Gunduz
Awesome John does not have this name because he is not awesome!
You had better believe in this guy - he really IS awesome - check
him out on the internet... also visit
www.dreamstrat.com as that site is all about Awesome John's Fender custom made guitar.
Awesome has played all around the world in Hard Rock cafe's and similar places, but in more recent times he has taken over Russia - that's right, this guy is all over the TV channels and special programs which are on all the time over there. Awesome has even started to develop his own guitars and if you find them on the internet they look pretty cool; go on take a search for him and you will not regret it. The speed that Awesome John plays at is devastating, but you know what, he is a really nice guy with a massive sense of humor. One of the best guitar players around!
Update... I am sorry to say that Asim passed away in June 2016. RIP Asim... you were one of the best and a really nice friend.
I met Asim Can Gunduz really through eBay! Asim needed to sell his 'The Dream' guitar for personal reasons so I contacted him about it. He said that the guitar was actually not in Turkey, but in The USA in a dealers store in Las Vegas. I asked Asim about the guitar and he told me all the history ( visit www.dreamstrat.com for more on the guitar) and how Gene Baker had made the guitar to his exact specifications over about a two year period. I had not actually seen the guitar in real life, sure enough the images were fine but I was a little hesitant because of the cost.
Without ANY hesitation Asim simply said 'Hey Tony, I'll send it to you and if you like it then pay me but if not just send it back'. Asim was one of the most trusting guys on the planet and he had it shipped from Las Vegas to sunny England to me. The guitar was great and I bought it and paid Asim whatever he wanted for the guitar. From that point on I remained friends with Asim for many years, often chatting about gear, his new finds of guitars and ventures he was working on, amps and other stuff, and I often pointed him to my reviews on YouTube and here on my site. I did a make over of the dream stratocaster website a short while before Asim passed away and I always remember him telling me that I had created a 'part of history' with the development of the website that showed the history and features of the guitar that Fender made for him. He was very thrilled about that. Actually it was a privilege to write that site really as much for Asim as it was to commemorate the guitar itself.
Asim asked me on a few occasions to visit him, but I could not easily do that because of work commitments, but in retrospect maybe I should have. I can visualize Asim right now as I write and we could have had a blast... no doubt my guitar playing is literally light years behind what he could do.
Asim, you will never be forgotten my friend - I miss your conversation, incredible playing and the tittle tattle that bounced back and forth in the emails. RIP Asim - Awesome John.
I have communicated a few times with Tulay, Asim's wife and my deepest condolences to her for her loss. I sincerely hope that Tulay's loss and the pain she feels will decrease over time.
Here's an image of Asim and Tulay his wife at the time they were married.
And here's Asim playing...
Check out www.dreamstrat.com also for more about awesome john! Awesome John images (c) Asim Can Gunduz.
RIP Asim.. you will be missed for sure.
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