Gibson cusTom Jimmy Page number Two les Paul limiTed ediTion

Back in 2004, we were super excited to get our hands on the brand-new Gibson Custom Shop Jimmy Page Les Paul “Number One”. It was the most highly anticipated guitar that had come through the door in years, and we were lucky enough to have the signed, aged Pilot Run #9 of 25 in the store. Most folks are used to the idea of a signed and aged Jimmy Page guitar these days but the first time around it was almost like having Jimmy himself walk through the door, whistling “The Rover”. We had it on display in the store for a good long while, and we also put up a page on the website with absurdly large pictures of every angle of #9. Now that there have been a few more Jimmy Page replica/tribute guitars that have come through The Zoo, we thought we would revisit the photos we shot of these popular guitars, and compile them all in one post for all you Jimmy Page fans. Mega picture gallery after the jump.
The Original: Jimmy Page Signed Aged Gibson Les Paul #9 of 25
Gibson had already made some Jimmy Page Signature Les Pauls in the mid-90s that were very interesting guitars in their own right, but this right here was Gibson’s first big swing at a guitar that replicated one of Jimmy’s actual vintage instruments – his “Number One” ’59 Les Paul Standard Sunburst. As with subsequent Page tribute guitars that followed, Gibson sought to replicate every modification, and every ding and scratch that existed on the original Number One. Jimmy’s guitar had a shaved down neck – a very thin and fast elliptical shape, thinnest in the middle of the length of the neck, very unusual – and Gibson replicated it here. The pickups were a special wind, exclusive to the Page Les Paul. Another cool feature carried over from Jimmy’s original was the push-pull pot on the rear volume control that produced an out-of-phase sound. Gibson even thoughtfully included a violin bow as part of the package. This guitar weighed only 8.6 pounds. The photos presented in the gallery below are a reasonable size, but if you want to see the original presentation, check out the old gallery.

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