Gibson’s Custom, Art & Historic division introduces a Jimmy Page signature model that replicates the unique neck shape and custom electronics of Page’s favorite guitar. “Les Paul #1,” as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer calls his personal guitar, is a 1959 sunburst Gibson Les Paul that he bought from Joe Walsh in the early 1970s.
The neck of Page’s guitar is thick at the nut and at the neck heel, like a typical 1959 Les Paul, but it tapers to a super-slim depth in the middle. It was that way when Page acquired it, and he hasn’t changed it. He did make two other modifications: He put a push/pull pot in the rear volume control that reverses the phase, in order to get a tone like Peter Green or B.B. King. And he replaced the original tuners with sealed, gold-plated Grovers to achieve the exact tuning and sensitivity of the Les Paul Custom he had been playing with Led Zeppelin.
The special Page ‘Burst finish is also unique to the new model, and the authentic look will be further enhanced on 150 Limited Edition Aged Jimmy Page Les Pauls with custom aging by renowned luthier Tom Murphy, followed by an unlimited run with the Custom Authentic treatment. The Jimmy Page Les Paul comes with a historic Les Paul case and custom care kit.
Page has a long affiliation with the Les Paul. His legendary hard rock riffs, first with the Yardbirds and later with Led Zeppelin, were a forerunner to the heavy metal genre, although he refused to be classified. He also wrote or co-wrote many of Zeppelin’s classic songs and produced their albums. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, while Led Zeppelin was honored in 1995.
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins and banjos. Gibson’s digital guitar, introduced in 2002, represents the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Trace Elliot, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson’s website at www.jimmypagelespaul.com.