Believed to be a 1959 or 1960 model Telecaster. Easiest way to tell is the fact his has a top loader bridge yet the body still has holes on the back to put the string through, this was common on ’59 and ’60 Teles. The guitar was a gift from Jeff Beck in 1966 and it’s believed to have originally belonged to John Owen (a bandmate of Jeff Beck) who bought it new in 1961. It was originally painted white, Page added 8 reflective circles around spring 1967. Later in ’67 the guitar was stripped down and repainted with the Dragon theme by Page himself.
Well known for being the guitar responsible for the first album and likely the same Tele used on the Stairway to Heaven solo, it’s studio use possibly extended further than that. Used live with Zeppelin from 1968 to May ’69. Pickups are assumed to be stock. The middle position is believed to have been out of phase which can be heard on the You Shook Me solo.
The guitar still exists today, to an extent. In the 70’s a friend of Page’s “repainted” ruining the original paint work and sound of the guitar. The guitar was stored away by Page with the neck later being used on the brown B-Bender Tele. The body of the Dragon Tele is not the same as the brown B-Bender Tele despite popular belief.
Jimmy Page Guitar World Interview in 1998:
“I still have it (referring to the Dragon Tele), but it’s a tragic story. I went on tour with the ’59 Les Paul that I bought from Joe Walsh, and when I got back, a friend of mine had kindly painted over my paint job. He said, “I’ve got a present for you.” He thought he had done me a real favor. As you can guess, I wasn’t real happy about that. His paint job totally screwed up the sound and the wiring, so only the neck pickup worked. I salvaged the neck and put it on my brown Tele string bender that I used in the Firm. As for the body… it will never be seen again! (laughs)”